HC Deb 12 May 1970 vol 801 c269W
Sir N. Cooper-Key

asked the Minister of Technology if he will include the Portslade and Dover gas works among those which he is discussing with the gas boards, with a view to deferring their closure, in view of the effect which this would have on supplies of smokeless fuel in the South-East next winter.

Mr. Alan Williams:

There are no proposals to close either of these works in the current year ending 31st March, 1971.

1969 1970 (Estimate)
Domestic Non Domestic Breeze Domestic Non Domestic Breeze
National Coal Board None 346,000 149,000 None 280,000 120,000
Gas Council 104,000 144,000 133.000 41,000* 85,000 135.000
Private Producers None 110,000† None 110,000†
* In completion of outstanding commitments entered into for the year ended 30th April, 1970.
† Non Domestic and Breeze combined.