§ Mr. Giles Shaw
My right hon. friend is always ready to meet the chairman of the CEGB, but questions concerning the disposal of power stations are a matter for the board.
§ Mr. Dubs
Will the Minister ask his right hon. Friend, when he meets the chairman of the CEGB, to consider again the proposals for the disposal of Battersea power station, about which there is much local concern, and to ask the chairman to ensure that the local community is adequately consulted about any plans for the future of that building?
§ Mr. Rost
Is my hon. Friend aware that, as a result of the Energy Act, the CEGB and some area boards, especially in the midlands, are now actively pursuing 14 partnerships with industry to convert some existing power stations to combined heat and power? Will the Government take note of that and, if necessary, support it?
§ Mr. Hardy
Does the Minister accept that progress on the Atkins report, on which the hon. Member for Erewash (Mr. Rost) touched, has been grossly inadequate? Does he agree that public expenditure of that kind is urgently needed and that many of the schemes identified in the report should have gone ahead already?
§ Mr. Fallon
Does my hon. Friend think that British industry as a whole would be more, or less, prosperous if the CEGB were allowed to import as much low-cost coal as it wished?
§ Mr. Allan Roberts
When will the Minister make an announcement about the Marshall report on combined heat and power, using disused power stations or otherwise? Does he intend to include Merseyside as one of the lead areas? Does he agree that if a fraction of the money that is being spent on nuclear energy, including the pressurised water reactor, were spent on projects such as combined heat and power the nation's fuel needs would be far better served?