asked the Secretary of State for Energy what consideration he is giving to the report from the Advisory Council on Energy Conservation, on road vehicle and engine design, recommending the withdrawal of five-star petrol, the rifting of radial-ply tyres to all vehicles and other proposals aimed at energy conservation; and what response he is planning to make.
The paper, published on 8th March as Energy Paper 18, was prepared by a working group of my Advisory Council on Energy Conservation. The Council has so far given it only preliminary consideration, but decided on prompt publication so as to promote public discussion of the proposals made in it. Comments and criticisms are invited and should be sent by 30th April next. The Council will thereafter complete its consideration of the paper and decide what advice it should offer the Government in this field.