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Power Stations

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what applications to his Department for new power stations are outstanding; what the size of each proposed station is; when each application was submitted; and what the (a) status and (b) anticipated date for commissioning is of each application. (97998)

The DTI website details current applications at: www.dti.gov.uk/energy/markets/electricity-developments_-_consents/applications/page23224.html. Decisions on these applications will be made when they have completed scrutiny in the process, which may or may not include consideration at a public inquiry. Should approval be given, actual commissioning is a commercial matter for the developer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from (a) the Countryside Council for Wales and (b) other organisations on the proposed RWE power station in Pembroke. (98212)

The Countryside Council for Wales and the Environment Agency Wales have both lodged holding objections to the application subject to further work being undertaken to show that the cooling water discharge will not have a detrimental impact on the Haven.