§ 5. Mr. Lubbock
asked the Lord President of the Council and Minister for Science when the joint appraisal by the Generating Board and the Atomic Energy Authority of the merits of various new types of reactors is expected; and if it will be published.
§ Mr. Lubbock
The Answers given by the Prime Minister concern the Report of the Powell Committee, do they not? What I am asking in this Question is that the joint appraisal by the Central Electricity Generating Board and the Atomic Energy Authority which was presented to the Powell Committee and on which its recommendations to the Minister were based should be published as a separate report so that the House can appreciate the technicalities involved.
§ Mr. Albu
Can the Minister confirm the rumours that the recommendation is for 5,000 megawatts of advanced gas-cooled reactors, but that the Central 232 Electricity Generating Board has insisted on competitive tendering for this and for the American boiling water reactor? If this is so, does not the right hon. and learned Gentleman think that it is time that the results of this inquiry were published so that the very serious insecurity in the industry and throughout the Atomic Energy Authority can be ended?
§ Mr. Lubbock
Following on the supplementary question of the hon. Member for Edmonton (Mr. Albu), supposing that it is some time before a decision is taken on the next generation of reactors, will the Minister consider placing an order for another station of the Magnox type in order that the consortia can be given enough work to keep it going?