HC Deb 06 November 1974 vol 880 cc171-2W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what proportion of the £228 million received by the nuclear industry between 1968–69 and 1972–73 by way of Government financing of innovation was expended in Wales.

Mr. Eadie

This sum largely represents net spending on or by Atomic Energy Authority establishments, of which there are none in Wales. It would not be practicable to ascertain how much of the detailed expenditure involved contracts and subcontracts placed in Wales. So far as the country's total spending on nuclear power is concerned, the hon. Member will recall that two nuclear power stations have been constructed in the Principality.

('000 tons)
Annual April to September
1970 1971 1972 1973 1973 1974
House coal 14,838 12,248 9,929 8,836 4,455 4,580
Naturally smokeless 1,893 1,660 1,496 1,380 739 771

The National Coal Board is continuing to make maximum possible supplies available, especially of anthracite boiler fuels which are short following the strike in the pits and a subsequent strike at opencast sites and coal preparation plants. It

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