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Electricity Generation

Volume 129: debated on Thursday 10 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list each power station in Scotland, the type of fuel being used, the levels of coal purchased from British Coal by the South of Scotland Electricity Board in 1985–86 and 1986–87, the estimated total amount of coal required by the South of Scotland Electricity Board in 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, and 1990–91 and the estimated proportion of coal, oil and nuclear based generating capacity in 1988–89, 1989–90 and 1990–91.

Information about power stations and fuel type in Scotland is contained in the annual reports of the South of Scotland Electricity Board, North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board, British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. (Chapelcross power station) and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (Dounreay), available in the Library of the House. I have asked the chairman of the SSEB to write to the hon. Member about levels of coal purchased from British Coal in 1985–86 and 1986–87, and about the board's requirements from 1987–88 to 1990–91. The proportions of electricity generation met from coal, oil and nuclear sources in the period 1988–89 to 1990–91 will depend upon the availability of these and other fuels and their relative costs at the time.