Oil Supplies

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th October 1973.

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Photo of Mr Peter Walker Mr Peter Walker , Worcester 12:00 am, 24th October 1973

I must repeat these basic facts. In the current year the CEGB is consuming between 67 million and 69 million tons of coal. It has the capacity to burn 75 million tons. The National Coal Board states that by the early 1980s it expects to be able to provide coal to the CEGB in the range of 65 million to 75 million tons. At that time the capacity, without the new station for which I have agreed that design contracts should be placed, will be about 90 million tons. There is considerable capacity along the lines which the hon. Gentleman suggests.