§ 29. Mr. Shinwell
asked the Minister of Power what decision has now been reached about an electricity generating station at Seaton Carew.
§ 36. Mr. Lubbock
asked the Minister of Power when the Central Electricity Generating Board will be allowed to place orders for the Hartlepool and Heysham stations.
§ Mr. Shinwell
Is my right hon. Friend aware that we have been waiting for a decision for two years, and now that we have a new Minister surely there will be an improvement on his predecessors? If there is not, we will tell him to get out. Is he aware that it would be far better to reach a decision, whatever it is, because 195 as things are there is a good deal of insecurity?
§ Mr. Mason
I am aware of my right hon. Friend's views. I noticed that in the Adjournment debate on 11th April he said and he has repeated it today—that what he wanted was a decision, irrespective of whether it was in favour of nuclear power or coal. I hope to be able to give a decision fairly soon.
§ Mr. Lubbock
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the last order for a generating station was placed by the Central Electricity Generating Board in March, 1967, for Hinckley Point B? How does he think that the electrical manufacturing industry can make progress when it does not get an order in 16 months?
§ Mr. Leadbitter
Is the Minister aware that we have had one excuse after another over the past two years in order to qualify the Government's indecision? We now have before us today a suggestion by my right hon. Friend about capital estimates. Some time ago it was load estimates. Will my right hon. Friend understand that a case has been made out, and that the unemployment position in my area also requires a decision?
§ Mr. Ridley
Though we are in the white heat of the technological revolution the right hon. Gentleman's Department has made no decision of any sort whatever. Will the Minister now undertake to give a decision on this matter before the Summer Recess?