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Nuclear Capacity

Volume 961: debated on Friday 26 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he approves that part of the Central Electricity Generating Board corporate plan which indicated a target of 40,000–50,000 mw of nuclear capacity by the 1990s; and whether he is contemplating any changes in the number of nuclear stations likely to be built prior to 2000.

All orders for stations beyond those mentioned in my statement to the House on 25 January 1978 will be a matter for decision at the appropriate time, in line with the Government's policy of establishing a flexible strategy for the United Kingdom nuclear power programme in the light of developing circumstances. The CEGB's corporate plan contains the board's view of possible responses of the electricity supply industry with respect to differing economic growth rates.