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Combined Heat And Power Scheme (Edinburgh)

Volume 127: debated on Thursday 11 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the development of combined heat and power/district heating in Edinburgh.

My Department has carefully considered the report prepared by the Edinburgh CHP consortium. I accept the consortium's judgment that the options they studied are insufficiently attractive economically to proceed without further substantial support from public funds.It is the Government's long-standing policy that combined heat and power-district heating schemes should be taken forward by the private sector. The consortium has been informed that under these circumstances, I am not prepared to meet their requests for further financial support.