Energy: Industry

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 28th October 2015.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Shadow First Secretary of State, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on how many occasions he has discussed the Energy Intensive Industry Compensation Package with the European Commission in the last six months; and what forthcoming meetings he has with the European Commission.

Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Shadow First Secretary of State, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to encourage the European Commission to have measures approved to support UK steelmakers with their energy costs.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills spoke with Competition Commissioner Verstager on Friday 23 October, to raise the issue of state aid clearance for our proposed package of support for energy intensive industries. Further discussions are planned this week, and next month. In addition, my officials have been in regular contact with the European Commission throughout this process, and have met with the Commission’s case handler to help progress clearance of the support package.

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