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 Alastair Goodlad Mr Alastair Goodlad Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Energy) 12:00 am, 26th January 1987

It is important that the generating board should be able to take advantage of economical methods of electricity generation. Imports through the link will help to keep down electricity supply costs and therefore electricity prices. The link with France is designed for flows in either direction. The generating board stated that its present arrangements provide for a two-year supply up to 25 per cent. cheaper than can be generated, on average, in the United Kingdom. On the other hand, the generating board does not regard the link as firm capacity in planning for its long-term requirements. I know that my hon. Friend has taken a close constituency interest in the possibility of new coal-fired capacity. Proposals for new power stations must come from the electricity supply industry. I understand that the board is considering the possibility of building new coal-fired power stations, but no applications to construct stations have been received, apart from that for Sizewell B.