§ 20. Mr. Win Griffiths
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to ensure that United Kingdom companies can compete in European Union energy markets. 
§ Mr. Battle
We are driving forward the agenda to create a single European market in gas and electricity. At the Energy Council on 11 May I stressed the importance of creating a single open and competitive market in Europe rather than 15 individual and separate open204W markets for each member state. I also stressed the need for the Council to regularly review progress and the Commission resolved to provide progress reports.