HC Deb 02 April 1968 vol 762 cc59-60W
Mr. Swain

asked the Minister of Power how much business he estimates would be lost to coal in 1970 and 1975 on the assumption that surplus North Sea gas were used in power stations during the summer.

Mr. Freeson

As my hon. Friend will be aware, there is a pilot scheme at Hams Hall, but no decisions have yet been taken about the further use of natural gas at power stations. It is too early to say how much gas may be available for summer-only use or how much of that might be used in power stations normally fired with coal in 1970 or 1975. The scope for using natural gas at power stations in the period up to 1970–71 will be limited by the arrangements made under Section 6 of the Coal Industry Act, 1967, to use extra coal.