Trade and Industry written question – answered on 4th November 2004.

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Photo of Mr David Stewart Mr David Stewart PPS (Rt Hon Alistair Darling, Secretary of State), Department for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on her plans to ensure the security of supply of gas.

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of State (Energy & e-Commerce), Department of Trade and Industry

As set out in the White Paper "Our energy future-creating a low carbon economy" published in February 2003, the Government believe that allowing the free operation of a competitive British market, within an appropriate regulatory framework, is the most efficient way to ensure security of supply of gas. Commercial operators have incentives to ensure a diversity of sources of gas, of supply routes and of entry points so as to reduce the risk of supply interruption through disruption of any one source or supply route. The Government are working towards liberalised and competitive markets both within the EU and beyond, and are using the EU's relations with Russia and other countries to support our energy objectives.

The Joint Energy Security of Supply Working Group (JESS) publishes a regular overview of security of supply indicators over the medium term to assist market participants investment decisions.

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