HC Deb 14 March 1955 vol 538 cc941-2
43. Mr. Nabarro

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the total installed capacity of electric power, megawatts installed, of Great Britain at the latest convenient date; what capacity is publicly owned and how much privately owned; what capacity in aggregate is currently represented by coal stations, oil stations and hydro-power stations, respectively; and what rate of increase he has authorised in respect of publicly-owned new constructional capacity, excluding atomic power stations, in each year to 1960.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

As the answer is long and contains a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

At 31st December, 1954, there were 21,822 megawatts installed in publicly-owned power stations in Great Britain and it is estimated that there were 2,800 megawatts of private plant. Of the publicly-owned plant 20,986 megawatts is at present coal fired,220 megawatts oil fired and 606 megawatts water powered. There were also 10 megawatts operated by waste heat. Details of private plant are not available.

The commissioning programme which has been approved for England, Wales and Southern Scotland is 1,550 megawatts sent out in each of the years 1955, 1956 and 1957, 1,750 megawatts in 1958 and 1,950 megawatts in 1959. The level of commissioning for 1960 has not yet been decided. The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board programme authorised by the Secretary of State for Scotland is as follows:—

1955 146
1956 81
1957 52
1958 51
1959 86
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