HC Deb 17 February 1986 vol 92 c29W
17. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will estimate how much employment the combined heat and power schemes will provide in (a) the Edinburgh area and (b) elsewhere.

Mr. Goodlad

Estimates in Energy Paper 53 commissioned by my Department and published in 1984 indicate that additional local employment of some 3,000 jobs might result over a 12 to 15 year period from installing the heat distribution systems and consumer connections in all nine cities studied in the report. Edinburgh would account for approximately 300 extra jobs over the same timescale. Other employment would arise from the construction of new CHP plant and heat only boiler plant.

24. Mr. Rost

asked the Secretary of State for Energy when he next expects to meet the chairman of the East Midlands electricity board to discuss the board's involvement in combined heat and power schemes.

Mr. Goodlad

My hon. Friend visited the Coventry office of the East Midlands electricity board on 15 January at the invitation of the chairman to hear about the board's close involvement in promoting energy efficiency including combined heat and power projects. There are no plans for a further meeting.