Electricity Generation (Coal Consumption)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th December 1972.

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Photo of Mr Adam Hunter Mr Adam Hunter , Dunfermline Burghs 12:00 am, 13th December 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the total coal consumption per year of coal-fired electricity power stations in Scotland; and what percentage this is of the total amount of fuels at present required to generate electricity in Scotland.

Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns

A total of 5,793,000 tons of coal was used in Scottish power stations in 1971–72, representing 55 per cent. of all fuels used.

Photo of Mr Adam Hunter Mr Adam Hunter , Dunfermline Burghs

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that his reply indicates that coal is still important to the Scottish economy, particularly in the generation of electricity? Will he also agree that it is high time that the Secretary of State made a close study of the rôle that coal should play in Scotland in the years to come? Furthermore, will he agree that energy policy should be considered in a Scottish context?

Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns

I agree that coal is important to the Scottish economy, and I hope that the hon. Gentleman will agree that the statement which was made on this subject earlier this week by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry is a positive demonstration that this is the Government's view.