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Power Stations

Volume 14: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland which sites the South of Scotland Electricity Board and the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board have surveyed for the possible development of power stations; and which of these sites have proved suitable for the development of a nuclear power station.

The advance identification of suitable sites in Scotland for future power stations is a matter for the Scottish electricity boards and I am asking the chairmen to write to the hon. Member.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions have taken place between his Department and the South of Scotland Electricity Board in respect of the acquisition of Hunterston.

The South of Scotland Electricity Board already owns a substantial area of land on the Hunterston peninsula. I am aware of the board's interest in the acquisition of further land at Hunterston although there have been no detailed discussions between my Department and the board.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what evidence was submitted to him by the South of Scotland Electricity Board in support of its proposal to build a plant at Chapeldonan and, in particular, in support of compulsory purchase of the land.

The South of Scotland Electricity Board applied in December 1973 for consent under section 2 of the Electric Lighting Act 1909 to construct a nuclear power station at Chapeldonan; the application was withdrawn in May 1975 and a new application would be necessary should the board wish to proceed with such a development in the future. I understand that the board obtained the site at Chapeldonan by private purchase.