HC Deb 05 December 1996 vol 286 c754W
Mr. Hardy

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will prevent the(a) construction and (b) conversion of electricity generating stations for the use of petro-coke. [5584]

Mr. Page

[holding answer 25 November 1996]Any power station proposal which requires consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 is considered on its individual merits against the background of a policy that, as a general rule, matters such as the need for a generating station, its capacity, choice of fuel used and type of plant are commercial matters for the applicant. Such proposals must also satisfy the requirements of the Environment Agency. It would not be appropriate for me to prejudge what decision will be taken on a particular application.