HC Deb 16 January 1979 vol 960 c717W
Mr. Lee

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what percentage of total United Kingdom energy supplies is currently derived from geothermal sources; and what were the corresponding percentages for 1960 and 1970.

Mr. Eadie

No United Kingdom energy supplies are or have been obtained from geothermal sources. My Department announced a R & D programme in July 1976, to assess the geothermal resources of the United Kingdom and the use which might be made of them. The commitment to this work to date is £1.77 million. The major projects of this programme have been accepted as part of the geothermal R & D programme of the European Economic Community and receive funds through the Commission from the Community budget.