Energy Bill [HL]

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:00 pm on 29th March 2004.

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Photo of Lord Jenkin of Roding Lord Jenkin of Roding Conservative 7:00 pm, 29th March 2004

My Lords, I added my name to the amendment because it seemed to epitomise what should flow from the final break-up of the Central Electricity Generating Board. So long as the CEGB was the primary producer of electricity, it was bound to consist of only large plants and huge transmissions lines, with the distribution that we know. Now that has gone. We are operating in a much freer market. There are opportunities for new technologies of exactly the kind the noble Lord, Lord Ezra, described in order to diversify the supply of electricity in this country.

I believe that that is right. It needs to be a focused strategy. That is what the amendment seeks. That is why I was happy to put my name to it.