§ Mr. Maclennan
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what precise role he will have in determining the research, development and utilisation of nuclear power in Scotland if his proposals for the privatisation of the electricity generating and supply industry are implemented.
§ Mr. Malcolm Rifkind
After privatisation the electricity supply industry will continue to be responsible for decisions about its own research and development and the operation of its nuclear power stations. The Government's role in energy research and development will remain the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy.