HC Deb 25 April 1967 vol 745 cc260-1W
125. Mr. Patrick Jenkin

asked the Minister of Power what is the capital cost per kilowatt of the generating programmes for a comparable current period per million industrial workers in the United Kingdom and Germany, respectively, based on information from international organisations.

Mr. Freeson

The following ratios in $ per kW have been calculated from information published by O.E.C.D. by dividing planned investment over the six-year period 1964–69 by the increase in maximum output capacity over the same period.

United Kingdom West Germany
Conventional plant 154 147/201
Nuclear plant 271 445
Hydro-electric plant 170 365/380

The figures for the United Kingdom exclude the capacity and investment of auto-producers. It is not known whether the investment estimates for Germany include auto-producers; the first figure shown assumes that they do and the second that they do not.

Investment expenditure in a given period is not exactly related to the amount of plant installed in that period and no allowance is made for plant withdrawn from service. The comparisons may therefore be unreliable.

The number of industrial workers, according to I.L.O. statistics for mid-1965 was just under 12 million in the United Kingdom and just over 12 million in Western Germany.

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