§ 86. Mr. Mason
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when permission was sought by the Central Elec- 20W tricity Generating Board to convert the coal-fired stations of Ferrybridge "C", Thorpe Marsh, Eggborough in Yorkshire and the Blyth station in Northumberland to oil burning; when consent was granted; what annual amount of coal sales is lost to the National Coal Board as a result; whether these conversions are permanent; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir J. Eden
No such permission has been sought and none of the stations in question is being converted from coal-firing to oil-firing. However, as a purely temporary measure, while coal stocks are being built up, substantial quantities of lighting-up oil are being burned in these stations to supplement the coal burn.
§ 88. Mr. Kelley
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent proposals have been submitted to him by the Central Electricity Generating Board to convert, wholly or in part, existing coal-fired power stations to other fuels.