§ Mr. Skeet
asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he anticipates the construction of further coal-fired power stations between now and 1990, Drax B apart, in the light of the substantial margin of advantage in operating costs secured by nuclear reactors.490W
collected only since 1961 and, subject to this qualification, the information requested is shown in the tables below.
§ Mr. Rost
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he has initiated application for loans or grants from the EEC under the schemes to promote coal burn in 491W power stations, and to promote demonstration plants for more rational use of energy; and if the construction of Drax B would be eligible for such assistance if it is designed as a combined heat and power station.
§ Mr. Eadie
Neither scheme has yet been approved by the EEC Council of Energy Ministers. If the coal burn scheme was implemented on the lines currently under consideration, the eligibility of a coal-fired station would be unaffected whether or not it was designed as a CHP station. A CHP station might be eligible if the Commission's proposals for support of demonstration projects were implemented.
§ Mr. George Grant
asked the Secretary of State for Energy (1) what has been the percentage of coal-fired capacity in the power stations in the United Kingdom for each of the past three years;
(2) what is the estimated percentage of coal-fired capacity in the power stations in the United Kingdom for each of the next three years.
§ Mr. Eadie
Power stations in Scotland and Northern Ireland are the responsibility of my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively. I am advised by the CEGB that the estimated percentage of coal fired, including dual-fired, capacity out of the total CEGB plant for the last three years and the next three years, at 31st March each year, is as follows:
1976 70.3 1977 70.9 1978 71.7 1979 70.5 1980 68.8 1981 66.4