§ Mr. Frank Cook
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is his Department's current estimate of the number of jobs likely to be created by combined heat and power schemes in (a) London, (b) Edinburgh, (c) Leicester, (d) Belfast, (e) Sheffield, (f) Newcastle.
§ Mr. David Hunt
Estimates in Energy Paper No. 53 (published 1984) indicated that additional local employment might result over a 12 to 15-year period from installing the heat distribution systems and consumer connections in the following individual cities:
Number (a) London 500 (b) Edinburgh 300 (c) Leicester 175 (d) Belfast 250 (e) Sheffield 200 (f) Newcastle 300
Other employment would arise from the construction of new CHP plant and heat-only boiler plant.
The above estimates were based on cost assumptions for schemes outlined in the Atkins report and on the basis that such schemes would proceed. Actual additional employment arising from the construction, operation and maintenance of major urban CHP/DH systems will depend on the outcome of the present lead city studies and the nature and size of the schemes adopted.