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Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry with which non-governmental organisations he has had meetings to discuss energy policy since he took office; and how many such meetings have taken place. (117696)

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, and my noble Friend the Minister for Energy and I have held regular discussions since May 2006 with a wide variety of non-governmental organisations, including the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy (UKBCSE), Green Alliance, CBI, Institute of Directors, British Chambers of Commerce, the Trade Union Sustainable Advisory Committee (TUSAC), and the Carbon Trust as well as a large number of individual companies and trade associations, on a range of energy issues including the Energy Review; energy prices; short term and long term security of supply; low carbon energy; and European and international energy policy. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and the CBI jointly chair the Business Energy Forum where energy issues are discussed at a strategic level with Ofgem and key industry bodies.