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Nuclear Power Stations (European Investment Bank Loans)

Volume 977: debated on Thursday 31 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list the amount of loans granted by the European Investment Bank to each European Economic Community country for the building of nuclear power stations; and whether he is prepared to accept such loans for the programme he recently announced.

Loans provided for nuclear power stations by the European Investment Bank to EEC member countries from 1973, when the United Kingdom joined the Community are as follows:mum electrification programme for Great Britain's railways.

The prospect that oil will become scarcer and more expensive holds out new opportunities for rail to compete in freight transport and underlines the contribution rail electrification could make to reducing United Kingdom dependence on oil. The interim report of the joint Department of Transport-British Railways Board steering group was published in September 1979. It would be premature to reach conclusions on the desirable level of future railway electrification until the steering group's review is completed.