HC Deb 11 February 1982 vol 17 cc450-1W
21. Mr. Edwin Wainwright

asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many tons of coal were consumed in power stations during each of the past four years; what is the estimated consumption in 1982; and if he will give comparable figures for oil-fired power stations over the same period.

Mr. John Moore

[pursuant to his reply, 8 February 1982, c. 245]: The coal and oil used by the public electricity supply system in the United Kingdom in the last four years is as follows:

Million tonnes coal
or coal equivalent
*Coal *†Oil
1978 80.87 19.49
1979 88.79 18.13
1980 89.57 11.23
‡1981 87 8

* Including quantities used in the production of steam for sale.

†Including oil used in gas-turbine and diesel plant and for lighting up coal fired burners.