HC Deb 20 April 1994 vol 241 c521W
Mr. Dafis

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what was the total financial support from the Government during 1993, direct and indirect, including research, given to(a) coal-fired power generation, (b) nuclear power, (c) gas-fired power generation, (d) oil-fired power generation, (e) wind power and (f) wave power.

Mr. Eggar

Financial support is given to the power generation industry through the fossil fuel levy. In 1992–93 the levy raised 1,348 million: of this some 98 per cent. went to nuclear £power generators, and 2 per cent. to renewable generators. The proportion of levy receipts going to renewable generators is expected to increase during the 1990s, as more renewable generating plant is commissioned.

Information on the Government's expenditure on energy research and development is published in "Trade and Industry—The Government's Expenditure Plans 1994–95 to 1996–97", Cm 2504, a copy of which is in the Library of the House. The estimated outturn for 1993–94 expenditure on R and D on renewables and novel sources of energy given at page 57 includes £7.31 million for wind power and £0.196 million for wave power.

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