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

As to the two stations which the hon. Gentleman is talking about, there were particular difficulties in the supply of coal. I repeat that the capacity within the system could take more coal if it were available.

With regard to the review of future projects, I have already announced a decision whereby we shall have greater flexibility to decide in favour of coal if it can be developed. As the hon. Gentleman knows, with his knowledge of the industry, there was a rundown—I repeat, 50 million tons a year during the lifetime of the last Government. He knows the difficulties of opening new mines and sinking new pits in the time scale involved.