HC Deb 21 March 1960 vol 620 cc17-8
29. Mr. Lee

asked the Minister of Power if he will state, for each calendar year from 1960 to 1965, inclusive, the amounts of new conventional and new nuclear generating plant planned to come into operation by the Central Electricity Generating Board under the capital development scheme, the total amount of plant and the proportion represented by nuclear plant expected to be in operation at the end of each year, the estimated proportion of total power station output to be provided by nuclear plant, and the estimated fuel consumption in terms of coal or coal-equivalent corresponding to the total output and to the nuclear proportion.

Mr. Wood

With permission, I will circulate a table in the OFFICIAL REPORT giving the desired information up to the end of 1964 for generating plant, and for the years 1960–61 and 1964–65 for output and fuel consumption. The latter figures depend on a number of factors, and the accuracy of estimation would not justify year-by-year predictions. The table cannot be extended to 1965, because the plant-commissioning programme for that year is not settled.

Following is the table:

New generating plant expected to come into operation in the years 1960–1964
Year Conventional plant Nuclear plant Total
M.W. M.W.
1960 2,263 2,263
1961 1,978 575 2,553
1962 1,846 250 2,096
1963 1,569 500 2,069
1964 1,877 500 2,377
Total output capacity of plant expected to be in operation at the end of each year
Year Total output capacity Nuclear proporation
M.W. per cent.
1960 27,130
1961 29,359 2.0
1962 31,143 2.6
1963 32,799 4.0
1964 34,833 5.2
Estimated proportion of total power stations output to be provided by nuclear plant
Year Nuclear proporation
per cent.
1964–65 8
Estimated fuel consumption Fuel consumption (million tons coal or coal or equivalent in other fuels)
Year ending 31 March Total Nuclear component
1960–61 54
1964–65 64 4–5