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Energy Meetings

Volume 404: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what meetings have taken place between the Minister of State for Energy and (a) the World Coal Institute and (b) the IEA Clean Coal Technology Centre in 2001, 2002 and so far in 2003; and what meetings are planned for the rest of 2003. [110457]

No meetings have taken place between the Minister and the World Coal Institute and the IEA Clean Coal Technology Centre in this period, and none are planned for the rest of 2003. However, close contact is maintained between the Department of Trade and Industry and these organisations. DTI Officials attend the twice-yearly Executive Committee meetings of the IEA Clean Coal Technology Centre, the most recent of which was on the 24–25 April, and both the IEA Clean Coal Technology Centre and the World Coal Institute actively participate in the DTI's cleaner coal technology programme.