asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a further statement on planning consent and consent under Section 2 of the Electric Lighting Act 1909 given to the South of Scotland Electricity Board in respect of sites at Torness and Carriden indicating what progress has been made.
Consent under Section 2 of the Electric Lighting Act 1909 for the construction of a steam generating heavy water reactor power station at Torness was given to the South of Scotland Electricity Board on 5th February 1975 after a public local inquiry had been held. The consent carried with it planning permission under Article 3 of the Town and Country Planning (General Development) (Scotland) Order 1950, as read with Class XIX of the first schedule to the order. No work on the construction of the station has been undertaken pending completion of the current review of the SGHWR programme.Following a public local inquiry in May 1974 into the South of Scotland Electricity Board's application for Section 2 consent to construct an oil/gasfired power station at Carriden the reporter concluded that further information on atmospheric conditions in the Forth Valley was required. A survey being undertaken by the Warren Springs Laboratory has been extended accordingly. When the findings of the survey, which are expected later this year, are available, further consideration will be given to the board's application.