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Renewable Energy (R And D)

Volume 78: debated on Wednesday 1 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will publish the recent review of the renewable energy research and development programme and the Advisory Council on Research and Development recommendations on that review before making a decision on the future of the programme.

My colleagues and I are now considering how renewable energy research and development can best be carried forward during the next few years. We have the benefit of analyses by our Energy Technology Support Unit and the Department's Renewable Energy Advisory Committee as well as recent advice from my chief scientific adviser and the Advisory Council on R and D (ACORD). I expect to make an announcement to the House during the next few weeks and to make available supporting documents including details of ACORD's role in the current review of renewables.