§ Ms Moran
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made on implementing the recommendations on electricity system security and stability made by the consultants Merz and McLellan in the White Paper, "Conclusions of the Review of Energy Sources for Power Generation and Government Response to the Fourth and Fifth reports of the Trade and Industry Committee", published in October 1998. 
§ Mr. Battle
In the White Paper, the Government proposed a two-tier approach: an open consultancy group open to all interested parties, and a smaller steering group which would carry out most of the detailed work allocation and progress chasing. The steering group met on 21 December 1998, to discuss its terms of reference, which are set out, and to consider the way forward. The meeting was chaired by my Department: the members of the Steering Group are also listed.
Terms of reference of Steering Group on Electricity Security and Stability Issues:To monitor the carrying out of the Merz and McLellan recommendations in relation to the security and stability of the England and Wales Electricity Grid as published in the White Paper "Conclusions of the Review of Energy Sources for Power Generation".To report from time to time to an open consultancy group on progress with dealing with these issues.To report from time to time to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on progress".
Members of Steering Group
- Neil Hirst—Deputy Director-General, Energy, DTI
- Association of Electricity Producers
- Eastern Generation
- Electricity Consumers' Committees Chairmen's Group
- National Grid Company
- Scottish Power