HC Deb 13 February 1978 vol 944 cc66-7W
18. Mr. Montgomery

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will itemise the various stages involved in the process of establishing the pressurised water reactor as a valid option, referred to in his statement on thermal reactor choice, Official Report, 25th January, column 1392.

Mr. Benn

The programme for the pressurised water reactor is primarily a matter for the electricity supply and nuclear industries. Before construction of a nuclear power station can begin, the Generating Board must obtain various statutory consents and clearances, including consent to the construction of a power station under Section 2 of the Electric Lighting Act 1909, deemed planning permission, capital investment approval and a nuclear site licence. The last is a matter for the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate. The remainder are for the Secretary of State for Energy.