Electricity Supplies (France)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Energy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th January 1987.

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Photo of Mr Richard Holt Mr Richard Holt , Langbaurgh 12:00 am, 26th January 1987

I thank my hon. Friend for that answer. Will he bear in mind the recent strikes in France and what contingency plans Her Majesty's Government might have if we relied upon the French for electricity supplies which were then cut off as a result of strikes? Is not the time now right to provide for another coal-fired power unit so that workers in this country will not be denied an electricity supply? Although we should in no way move away from nuclear power as the ultimate source of energy, perhaps in the short term the Government should give serious consideration to the placing of a new order for a coal-fired electricity unit.