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Nuclear Power

Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 29 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list the annual advertising and promotional expenditure for nuclear power by his Department, the Central Electricity Generating Board, the Electricity Council, British Nuclear Fuels Ltd., the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and the South of Scotland Electricity Board for the period 1979 to 1986.

Advertising and promotion by the CEGB, the Electricity Council, BNFL and the SSEB fall within the commercial responsibilities of these organisations, and I have asked the chairmen to write to the hon. Member.The Government fund a public information programme about civil nuclear power carried out by the UKAEA. Expenditure in the current year is expected to be about £2·5 million. I refer the hon. Member to my answer to the hon. Member for Meirionnyd Nant Conwy (Mr. Thomas) on 26 June 1986 at column 270, in which I gave details of expenditure in previous years.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what are the current estimated costs in 1986 prices for a commercial demonstration fast breeder reactor.

No commercial demonstration fast reactor has been built in the United Kingdom. The capital cost of such a station would depend upon the design, the time of the order, and other factors.