HC Deb 12 February 1951 vol 484 c17
Mr. Robens

About 1,500 million units of electricity were produced in Great Britain from water power in 1950; that was an increase of 25 per cent. on 1949. The greater part of this output came from the hydro-electric stations in Scotland and North Wales. It is often alleged that our river power could be used without the construction of large works; when such plans have been examined by the Department, they have been found to be impracticable. On tidal power, I would refer the hon. Member to an answer which my right hon. Friend the Lord President gave to the hon. Member for Morecambe and Lonsdale (Sir I. Fraser) on 11th December last.

Mr. Morley

Will my hon. Friend press on with these schemes wherever possible so that coal might be saved in future?

Mr. Robens

Yes, Sir. The policy is to use water power to the greatest possible extent.

Sir Ralph Glyn

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether final adjustments have been made in the price paid by Scotland to the Electricity Commissioners in England?

Mr. Robens

I cannot do so without notice.