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Electrical Cables

Volume 473: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what criteria his Department applies in deciding whether electricity transmission lines should be buried underground. (192598)

[holding answer 7 March 2008]: Undergrounding lines is significantly more expensive than overgrounding them particularly at higher voltages. The Department therefore looks to see whether there are particular circumstances which justify undergrounding a proposed line or stretches of a proposed line. There are no set criteria laid down.