DOWNING STREET said that ministers had had seven meetings with Enron's representatives. It also released details of policy announcements that had had an impact on the firm.
t 22 December 1997 Margaret Beckett, the Trade and Industry Secretary, announces her intention to conduct an energy review. She also signals that there will be a halt to the building of any new gas-fired power stations.
t 28 April 1998 The Science, Energy and Industry minister, John Battle, meets Kenneth Lay, Enron's chairman and chief executive.
t 25 June 1998 Ms Beckett publishes a Green Paper on energy that says there are "serious distortions" in the electricity market. The paper proposes that there should be short-term restrictions on planning consents for gas-fired power stations.
t 10 September 1998 Peter Mandelson, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, clears the proposed acquisition of Wessex Water by Enron Water on the advice of the Director General of Fair Trading.
t 23 September 1998 Mr Mandelson and Mr Battle meet representatives of Enron, Mobil, Sweb, Esso and Alston UK to discuss energy issues arising from the Green Paper.
t 8 October 1998 A Government White Paper published by Mr Mandelson confirms the introduction of a short-term policy of blocking consent for gas-fired stations to iron out distortions in the electricity market. …