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European Community (Common Energy Policy)

Volume 978: debated on Monday 11 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he supports proposals for an EEC common energy policy.

The main thrust on energy developments comes from national programmes. The Community can, however, play a valuable role in international discussions and also in setting broad energy objectives and providing complementary action in appropriate cases. I have seen no specific new proposals for an EEC common energy policy, but I am prepared to examine carefully any precise proposals which are made.