§ Mr. Gregory
asked the Minister of Technology whether he is satisfied that the benefits of replication in design and costing factors will be fully exercised in future domestic installations, and also through the efforts of the British Nuclear Export Executive in the sale and supply of British nuclear power systems overseas; what percentage of cost factor such replication is expected to realise; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Benn
Although there are cost benefits to be obtained from replication of design, it should also be possible to reduce generating costs by advances in reactor design and increased reactor output. These factors have to be assessed and balanced in considering future power stations. It is not possible to quantify at this stage the cost advantage to be expected from replication of design.
As regards exports, I understand that the British Nuclear Export Executive will do all that lies in its power to secure economies by this means.