HC Deb 12 December 1985 vol 88 cc747-9W
Mr. Ashdown

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a list of reactors at nuclear power stations in Scotland showing the number of gas circulators or blowers at each reactor, and whether these have any

Site Operator Reactor Type Number of reactors Number of gas circulators per reactor
Hunterston A SSEB Magnox 2 8
Hunterston B SSEB AGR 2 8
Torness* SSEB AGR 2 8
Chapelcross BNFL Magnox 4 4
Dounreay UKAEA Prototype Fast Reactor 1
* Under construction.

The gas circulators at Hunterston B are of a similar design to those at Hinckley Point B. Those at Hunterston expenditure on schools and further education and (b) central Government capital expenditure on central institutions, colleges of education and grant-aided special schools in Scotland in the years specified.

£ million
Local government expenditure Central government expenditure
Year In cash terms (2) At 1984–85 prices (3) In cash terms (4) At 1984–85 prices (5)
1970–71 36 175 *
1975–76† 62 157 6 17
1980–81 55 72 8 10
1984–85 51 51 10 10
1985–86‡ 60 57 11 11
1986–87 47 43 18 17
* Not available.
† The figures in columns 2 and 3 for 1975–76 represent expenditure for 10.5 months only.
‡The figures in columns 2 and 3 are based on local authority forecasts of expenditure.

Dr. Marek

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the gross capital investment in 1. housing and 2. local environmental service in 1970–71, 1975–76, 1980–81 and 1984–85 then 1985–86 and plan for 1986–87 expressed in (a) cash terms and (b) 1984–85 prices.

Mr. Ancram

[pursuant to his reply, 11 December]: The information is as follows:

relevant features of design and construction in common with the faulty gas circulator that led to a site incident being declared at Hinckley Point nuclear power station on 29 November; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Younger

The information requested is set out in the following table:

A and Chapelcross are of an entirely different design and those at Torness have substantially different design features.

The SSEB will be maintaining close contact with the CEGB and Her Majesty's Nuclear Installations Inspectorate about the incident at Hinckley Point B and will take account of any lessons to be learned.

The Nuclear Installations Inspectorate is satisfied that, it is safe to continue to operate nuclear reactors with the type of gas circulator in use at Hinckley Point B and Hunterston B.

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