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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th May 1987.

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Photo of Malcolm Rifkind Malcolm Rifkind Secretary of State for Scottish Office 12:00 am, 13th May 1987

My hon. Friend is correct. The South of Scotland Electricity Board has estimated that electricity tariffs would have to increase by 20 to 30 per cent. as a consequence of the abandonment of nuclear power. Apart from anything else, that would have meant that the Finnish pulp mill, which is coming to Irvine, would not have contemplated a Scottish location, and many of the tens of thousands of jobs around Scotland—Caithness, in particular—would have been severely affected, if not entirely lost.