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Sizewell B Pressurised Water Reactor

Volume 414: debated on Monday 27 October 1980

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asked Her Majesty's Government:When the CEGB expects to have its design for the Sizewell B pressurised water reactor ready for statutory consent and a nuclear site licence; how long they estimate the application would take to consider; when the planning application for the project would be submitted; how long they estimate the public inquiry would take; and when construction would begin.

The CEGB have announced that they expect to apply for consent, deemed planning permission, a nuclear site licence and other necessary permissions for a PWR at Sizewell early in 1981. The Secretary of State for Energy has said that there will be a full and thorough inquiry into the board's proposals. The inquiry is currently expected to begin in 1982, though at this stage it is not possible to give any precise timetable. Commencement of construction of the station would depend on decisions subsequent to the inquiry.