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Nuclear Levy

Volume 167: debated on Monday 12 February 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list the electricity consumers in England and Wales who will be exempt from the nuclear levy.

Electricity customers benefit from the security of supply which diversity helps ensure, and therefore should contribute to the costs of achieving that security. The cost of nuclear power is already included in electricity prices. This will not change after privatisation. The fossil fuel levy will simply indentify this cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what consultations he has carried out on the level and scope of the nuclear levy.

I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy earlier today.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is the maximum number of supply interruptions allowed in one year of a supply contract for electricity generated from nuclear sources for it to count towards the non-fossil fuel quota.

Arrangements which allow a generator at his discretion to interrupt the supply, do not provide security of supply. Such arrangements will therefore not be capable of contributing towards the non-fossil fuel obligation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy whether the supply contract for nuclear electricity from France will count towards the non-fossil fuel quota.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Pontypridd (Dr. Howells) on 29 January at column 86.