HC Deb 22 July 1974 vol 877 cc1031-2
18. Miss Fookes

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what are the considerations he will take into account when he makes his decision as to whether to permit the building of the oil-fired power station at Millbrook to go ahead.

Mr. Eadie

We shall be concerned with all relevant considerations, including the estimated total requirements of the Central Electricity Generating Board for new generating capacity, the requirements for power in the South-West of England, the available sites including Millbrook, Inswork Point, which have been or may be found suitable for power stations, and financial and fuel policy considerations.

Miss Fookes

Will the hon. Gentleman bear in mind that there is now grave doubt about the accuracy of the forecasts made when the decision in principle was made to go ahead, and that they are likely to be in a downward direction? If a power station is proved to be necessary, will the hon. Gentleman consider nuclear power rather than the use of oil?

Mr. Eadie

My right hon. Friend has made a statement about nuclear power. There was a full public inquiry into this aspect. The Department has asked the CEGB to review all its capital investment plans in the light of the Government's decision on nuclear reactor choice and other considerations. I cannot anticipate the outcome of that review as it may affect particular stations.