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Energy White Paper

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Alistair Darling Alistair Darling Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

I have many such discussions with my colleagues.

Photo of John Barrett John Barrett Shadow Minister, Scotland, Shadow Minister, International Development

The Secretary of State will be aware that his predecessor mentioned that with a new generation of nuclear power stations, the necessary investment in efficiency and renewables would not be made. What will he do to ensure that Scotland develops its full renewables potential, and that that is not put at risk by a future generation of nuclear power stations?

Photo of Alistair Darling Alistair Darling Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

I want Scotland to do as much as it can to get more renewable energy—and it would be greatly assisted in that regard if Liberal Democrats would help those developments to go ahead, rather than objecting to each and every one of them.

Photo of Mark Lazarowicz Mark Lazarowicz Labour, Edinburgh North and Leith

One of the welcome proposals in the energy White Paper is for a cross-Government communications campaign to inform people in time for this winter of the steps that they can take to assist in dealing with fuel poverty. It is not clear from the White Paper whether that cross-Government campaign will apply only to England, or throughout the UK. May I urge my right hon. Friend to ensure that it applies to the entire UK, so that this winter my constituents get the benefits of the measures proposed in the White Paper? They suffered last winter, and we do not want the same to happen this winter.

Photo of Alistair Darling Alistair Darling Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

It is certainly our intention that whatever measures are put in place, they apply right across the UK. As my hon. Friend knows, the schemes to help insulation are operated differently in different parts of the UK, but the end result is exactly the same. He is right to say that it does not matter where anyone lives in the United Kingdom; they should all be entitled to whatever assistance we can make available to help them tackle problems like fuel poverty.