HC Deb 09 August 1972 vol 842 cc435-6W
Mr. Edward Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement about future generation of electricity in the north of Scotland.

Mr. Gordon Campbell

The Chairman of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board announced yesterday that the Board has decided to proceed with an oil-fired station at Boddam, near Peterhead. He explained that, in the light of the statement made earlier yesterday by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, it had become clear that within the time scale available it would be impossible to meet the anticipated load growth in the north of Scotland with a nuclear station at Stake Ness. The Stake Ness site, which is particularly suitable for a nuclear station, is being retained by the Board for a later development.