§ Mr. Warren
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the forecast annual growth rate in electrical energy demand in the United Kingdom during the period 1978 to 1983 and 1983 to 1988.
§ Mr. Eadie
Energy forecasts for the United Kingdom as a whole, prepared by the Department, were quoted in Energy Commission Paper 1, a copy of which is in the House of Commons Library. In the reference case, for the two five-year periods closest to those in the question, the average rate of growth of electricity sales is estimated to be: 1980 to 1985, 3 per cent. per annum; 1985 to 1990, 2.9 per cent. per annum.