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Energy Supply

Asked about concerns raised in the House of Commons with regards to the availability of energy for the coming winter, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that the DTI would be releasing a detailed list of the meetings which had taken place on the issue.

Asked about Downing Street’s involvement in the issue, the PMOS said that it was best to let the DTI deal with the issue and illustrate how they had been on the case all autumn and beyond. Asked about whether Downing Street had come to this issue late, the PMOS said that even a cursory glance at the Prime Minister’s speeches on the subject of energy supply would underline that he believed that energy supply was an important matter. That’s why, as the Prime Minister said at PMQs, although the Government could not dictate the terms of energy supply it was still a matter which the Government wished to act as a facilitator on as much as possible. Therefore it was only natural that the Prime Minister took a close interest in these matters, but the primary response obviously came from the department.

Put to him that the Prime Minister had said that it was not the remit of the government to intervene in the energy supply market and asked at what stage it did fall into the Government’s remit, the PMOS said that in terms of how the market worked in detail, that was really a question for the department. He was no expert in this field and it was a hugely complex subject. In terms of facilitating the work of the market, the Government would fulfil its role.

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