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Energy Security

Volume 455: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of the UK's energy security position in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005. (115346)

[holding answer 15 January 2007]: The Department set up the Joint Energy Security of Supply Working Group (JESS) with Ofgem in July 2001. Its first full report was published in July 2002 and it has subsequently published a further six reports, the most recent being in December 2006. The Secretary of State's first report to Parliament on the security of gas and electricity supply was also laid before the House in July 2005.

In 1997 the best assessment of the UK's energy security position was published in the energy projections embodied in Energy Paper 65, published in March 1995.