§ 42. Mr. Hooley
asked the Minister of State for Overseas Development what commitments have been entered into with Third world countries for the development of wind power by her Department.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Overseas Development (Mr. John Tomlinson)
We have so far supported through the aid programme a limited amount of research in the United Kingdom and developing countries in wind power, and hope to encourage more. I will, with permission, circulate details of my Department's current and proposed projects in the Official Report.
§ Mr. Hooley
Does my hon. Friend agree that the development of wind power is particularly suitable in the context of rural development?
§ Mr. Tomlinson
Clearly it can be, and it is one of the matters we are examining in many of the development projects that we support.
§ Following is the information:
§ MINISTRY OF OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT CURRENT AND PROPOSED RESEARCH PROJECTS IN THE FIELD OF WIND POWER:
Current ProjectsPreparation and publication of a catalogue of small-scale power sources and equipment, including solar-powered devices: Intermediate Technology Development Group Limited.Investigation into the possibility of using certain prototype and commercially available wind turbines in developing country agriculture: Cranfield Institute of Technology.
Projects Under ConsiderationStudy of the feasibility of wind-power electricity generation in island developing countries leading to prototype development, testing in the United Kingdom, and installation overseas.Development of new design of small aerogenerator.