Orders of the Day — Electricity (Financial Provisions) (Scotland) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:37 pm on 7th December 1982.

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Photo of Mr Alexander Fletcher Mr Alexander Fletcher , Edinburgh North 4:37 pm, 7th December 1982

We can all be extremely wise after the event, but the two power stations at Inverkip and Peterhead were commissioned before the oil crisis in 1973. The boards would be the first to admit—any reasonable Member would do the same—that, before that time, no one envisaged either the recession from which we are now suffering or that the types of oil and coal used to generate electricity would become so expensive. For those reasons, we now have over-capacity. We now have two new power stations which, frankly, are of limited value to the boards in planning ahead. That is why the capacity at Torness is so important. It will save fuel costs.