Nuclear Power (Dungeness B Station)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Power – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th May 1965.

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Photo of Mr Simon Digby Mr Simon Digby , West Dorset 12:00 am, 25th May 1965

asked the Minister of Power (1) what decision he has reached about the most suitable reactor system for the second nuclear power programme;

(2) what will be the cost of generating electricity under the lowest tender for an advanced gas-cooled reactor for Dungeness B power station, assuming a life of 20 years and 25 years, respectively.

Photo of Mr Albert Roberts Mr Albert Roberts , Normanton

asked the Minister of Power when he expects electricity produced by nuclear energy to be on parity with coal produced in Yorkshire and the East Midlands.

Photo of Mr David Mitchell Mr David Mitchell , Basingstoke

asked the Minister of Power whether the lowest advanced gas-cooled reactor tender for Dungeness B nuclear power station would generate electricity at a cost below that of the best conventional stations; and what further economies would follow if a second order were placed for the same equipment.

Photo of Mr Ness Edwards Mr Ness Edwards , Caerphilly

asked the Minister of Power whether a decision has now been taken on the type of nuclear power reactor; to what extent consideration has been given to the needs of the atomic energy industry in this country; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Frederick Lee Mr Frederick Lee , Newton

With permission, I will make a statement at the end of Questions.