§ Mr. Sillars
asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many nuclear power stations are currently under construction; how many are seriously behind schedule; and what is his estimate of the cost of servicing them in the current financial year.
§ Mr. Eadie
There are four nuclear power stations currently under construction for the CEGB. The original forecast commissioning dates and the CEGB's current forecasts are as follows:
Original Forecast Current Forecast Dungeness "B" … 1971 1977 Hinkley Point "B" … 1973 1976 Hartlepool … 1974 1978 Heysham … 1976 1978
Interest charges to service these stations in the present financial years are expected to be about£50 million.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland would no doubt be glad to provide information in respect of nuclear stations in Scotland.