§ Mr. Peter Mills
asked the Secretary of State for Energy, in view of the saving of energy by the use of water-wheel power, what steps his Department will 410W take to encourage this form of power and seek to safeguard its use; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Eadie
My Department is ready to encourage the use of any renewable source of energy which can be shown to be economically sound. Water wheel power is, however an established technology and I would not expect any special encouragement to be needed. I am of course aware of the memorandum submitted by the National Association of Water Power Users on the question of water abstraction charges, and in this connection I Would refer the hon. Member to the reply he received from my hon. Friend the Minister of state at the Department of the Environment on 26th April. I understand that my hon. Friend is considering the National Water Council's reply