§ Mr. Wade
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what is the estimated maximum demand for electricity from domestic and industrial consumers at the peak period in the winter months; and the extent to which the maximum capacity of existing power stations to supply electricity falls short of that demand.
§ Mr. P. Noel-Baker
The latest estimate of the demand at peak this winter if the weather should be as bad as has been experienced at any time during the last 100 years, is 13,700,000 kilowatts. This does not allow for the effect of load spreading or voluntary transfer of demand from the peak. The expected total effective generated capacity is 2,050,000 kilowatts less than this estimated maximum demand.