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Oil And Coal Marketing

Volume 940: debated on Monday 28 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what steps he is taking to press for an EEC scheme of price support for British and other Community oil and import preference for British and other Community coal.

I have impressed upon the Energy Council, and shall continue to do so, the need to make progress in consideration of a minimum safeguard price for oil, to which eight members are already committed under the International Energy Agency Long-Term Co-operation Programme, and the need to sustain Community coal production through such measures as the new import surveillance scheme, and proposals to increase consumption of coal in electricity power stations and to provide aid for excess coal stocks.