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Energy Supply

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 19th June 2012.

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Photo of Tom Greatrex Tom Greatrex Shadow Minister (Energy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

(1) with reference to page 10, Annex A, of the draft Energy Bill, when the panel of technical experts will be established;

(2) with reference to page 10, Annex A, of the draft Energy Bill, whether the panel of technical experts will have a statutory basis;

(3) with reference to page 10, Annex A, of the draft Energy Bill, what the appointment process will be for the panel of technical experts;

(4) with reference to page 10, Annex A, of the draft Energy Bill, what role there will be for the devolved Administrations in the creation of the Panel of Technical Experts;

(5) with reference to page 10, Annex A, of the draft Energy Bill, what the terms of reference will be of the Panel of Technical Experts;

(6) with reference to page 10, Annex A, of the draft Energy Bill, whether the Government will publish the report of the Panel of Technical Experts;

(7) with reference to page 10, Annex A, of the draft Energy Bill, whether the Panel of Technical Experts will be obliged to report to the Government;

(8) with reference to page 10, Annex A, of the draft Energy Bill, how he defines regularly in relation to the Panel of Technical Experts reporting to the Government.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department continues to develop the detail of the scope, terms and recruitment of the Panel of Technical Experts, working with the devolved Administrations, other Government Departments and a range of stakeholders. I intend to publish more details later this year. No statutory duties regarding the role and relationship of the Panel of Technical Experts are proposed in the draft Energy Bill, which is currently undergoing pre-legislative scrutiny by the Energy and Climate Change Committee. The Department will evaluate any recommendations made when the Committee reports.

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