§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement about prospects for geothermal energy in the Province.
§ Mr. Adam Butler
On earlier geological evidence the prospects of discovering useable geothermal energy in the Larne area are sufficiently high to justfy further exploration. I cannot, however, predict whether a commercially viable source will be found, at least until the results of the exploratory borehole currently being drilled at Larne are known.