HC Deb 13 February 1947 vol 433 cc82-3W
80. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if consideration is being given to schemes for the generation of power by hydro-electric plant; where it is intended they should be situated; if the contracts have been given for the plant to be manufactured; and on what dates it is expected power will be generated.

Mr. Shinwell

Yes, Sir. In the North of Scotland four hydro-electric Constructional Schemes relating to seven projects and totalling 377,000 kilowatts, with an output of 710 million units, have been approved. Contracts for all the plant and most of the civil works have already been placed, and the generation of power in respect of the first two schemes is expected to commence in the winter of 1948–49. Other schemes are under consideration. In North Wales preliminary surveys have been made for schemes totalling over 300,000 kilowatts and over 600 million units, and the proposals are under discussion between the Central Electricity Board and the North Wales Power Company.