§ 15. Mr. Boswell
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy how much will be spent by his Department on research into alternative methods of energy in the next five years.
§ Mr. Michael Spicer
The public expenditure White Paper, Cm. 288, published in January 1988, envisages that up to 1991 about £50 million will be spent on research into renewable sources of energy. Information for subsequent years is not available.
§ Mr. Boswell
Is my hon. Friend aware that the House will welcome the proposal in the White Paper on the privatisation of electricity to put non-renewable sources together with nuclear under a single quota? That is greatly to be welcomed. Will he consider bringing forward his surveys into and studies of renewable energy as soon as possible?
§ Mr. Spicer
My hon. Friend is right to say that renewables are included in the quota of non-fossils in the White Paper. That is widely welcomed. We shall produce the survey and report by mid-summer.