HC Deb 20 April 1964 vol 693 cc134-5W
77. Mr. Mason

asked the Minister of Power by what date he hopes to complete consideration of tenders for nuclear reactor systems and to decide on which type of reactor the next phase of the nuclear power programme will be based.

Mr. Erroll

I hope by the summer of next year.

78. Mr. Mason

asked the Minister of Power if he will state his estimate of the comparable capital and running costs of the projected advanced gas-cooled reactor, the Canadian deuterium uranium reactor and the United States boiling-water reactor; and if he will give examples of other reactors and their respective costs which he will be considering during his proposed review of nuclear reactors.

Mr. Erroll

Adequate estimates of the relative costs of the various alternative types of reactor will be available only when the tenders of British manufacturers are received. The C.E.G.B. are willing to consider tenders for any water-moderated reactor of proved design, provided full supporting evidence is submitted. These would include the pressurised water reactor.