§ Mr. Kidney
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the contribution that solar power can make to meeting the United Kingdom's energy needs. 
§ Mr. Wilson
Solar power is a technology with significant longer-term potential in helping to meet the UK's energy needs.
With a view to bringing forward this technology's potential, we are supporting a range of initiatives such as domestic and large-scale commercial field trials plus the first phase of a major PV roofs programme aimed, in time, at matching those in Germany and Japan.