HC Deb 23 April 1968 vol 763 c6W
Mr. Swain

asked the Minister of Power whether, with reference to paragraph 15 of the National Board for Prices and Incomes Report No. 59, the effective costs of fuel and ash handling at coal-fired power stations are to be reduced as a result of improved handling of fuel and ash and increased sales of pulverised fuel ash; and from what date.

Mr. Freeson

The change in the Bulk Supply Tariff referred to in paragraph 15 of the report took effect from 1st April, 1968. Its effect has been to transfer recovery of handling-charges from the adjusted running rates to the basic capacity charge in the tariff, and I understand from the C.E.G.B. that the change was not connected with expectation of future improvements in handling methods or increased sales of pulverised fuel ash.