HC Deb 09 July 1968 vol 768 c184
2. Mr. Lane

asked the Minister of Power what consultations he has had with the Electricity Council, the Central Electricity Generating Board, and the Gas Council on the possibilities of enlarging the numbers of dual-fired power stations.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Power (Mr. Reginald Freeson)

Dual-firing of power stations was discussed by the then Minister of Power with the nationalised fuel industries during the Fuel Policy Review. The Government's policy on conversion of coal-fired power stations to other fuels was stated in paragraph 99 of the Fuel Policy White Paper (Cmnd. 3438).

Mr. Lane

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that, as I understand it, about half the new stations being built in Common Market countries are dual-fired, and is he satisfied with the negligible number in this country?

Mr. Freeson

As the hon. Member will appreciate, this is a matter for the Central Electricity Generating Board to consider and on which to make the necessary applications to us.