§ Mr. Peter Bruinvels
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will give a report as to the continued viability of hydro-electric power, listing all sites where it is in operation; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
I am advised by the Central Electricity Generating Board that it operates the following hydro-electric power stations in England and Wales:
Kw capacity Chagfoid 30 Cwm Dyli 5,000 Dolgarrog 26,500 Maentwrog 24,000 Maiy Tavy 2,610 Morvellham 640 Rheidol 53,000
and in addition has pumped storage schemes at Dinorwig and Ffestiniog. Continued operation at all these sites is economically justified. The potential for further hydro-electric installations remains under investigation, although the number of suitable sites in England and Wales is very limited. Hydro-electricity in Scotland is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.