HC Deb 23 June 1980 vol 987 cc9-10W
26. Sir Hugh Fraser

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what progress can be reported on the establishment of a cross-Channel electricity link with France.

Sir David Price

asked the Secretary of State for Energy when he expects the negotiations between the British and French electricity authorities for an improved cross-Channel electricity link between the two national grids to be completed; and when he expects to be able to give his subsequent authorisation.

Mr. Norman Lamont

Approval in principle was given to the cross-Channel link by the previous Administration in August 1978. The CEGB has now asked for final investment approval and its request is being considered by the Government.

In addition, my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Energy and the Environment are jointly considering the report of the inspectors following the public inquiry into the board's proposals to construct a convertor station for the link at Sellindge, Kent. An announcement will be made as soon as possible.