asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he has any plans to propose fresh United Kingdom or European Community research into renewable sources of energy.
A substantial number of new projects are continually being established as part of my Department's research, development and demonstration programmes into renewable sources of energy. Over 200 projects are currently active with over 80 new projects started each year. Many of these are supported by the European Community as part of its R, D and D programmes. The United Kingdom plays a full and active part in formulating Community programmes and will continue to propose new projects for support where this is appropriate.