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John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when his Department first provided information to (a) Ofgem and (b) the national grid about gas production problems in the North Sea to enable gas supply forecasting.

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Malcolm Wicks (Minister for energy, Department of Trade and Industry; Croydon North, Labour)

The Department provides information to Ofgem on unplanned, offshore and gas terminal outages that may have a significant impact on the volumes of gas produced into the National Transmission System. This information has been provided routinely since summer 2004.

The offshore industry provides national grid with information about significant gas production problems under the terms of an agreement that came into effect in autumn 2003.

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