asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the current position concerning the application of the Central Electricity Generating Board to construct an oil-fired power station at Inswork Point, Millbrook; whether the CEGB has made the necessary application for financial approval; and if he will make a statement.
The Central Electricity Generating Board has received consent under Section 2 of the Electric Lighting Act 1909 and deemed planning permission for a 1320-MW oil-fired power station at Inswork Point. The board sought capital investment approval to build this station last year but has subsequently revised its future plant requirements in the light of the reduced forecast, announced by the Electricity Council in March, of electricity demand for 1981–82. I am reviewing the CEGB's power station ordering programme in the light of this revised forecast and other relevant considerations. I cannot anticipate the outcome of this review.