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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17858: Alex Rowley (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 26 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what measures it undertakes to ensure that there is publicity and a public consultation is carried out as part of the consideration of a request to extend the period within which an electricity generating station or overhead electricity line project must commence when it has previously been granted consent under section 36 or 37 of the Electricity Act 1989.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 2 August 2018

There are no statutory requirements set out, in the Electricity Act 1989, to undertake public consultation as part of the consideration of a request to extend the period within which an electricity generating station or overhead electricity line project must commence, in circumstances when it has previously been granted consent under section 36 or 37 of the Electricity Act 1989. However, where a public representation is received in relation to the request to extend the period of time for a consent under section 36 and section 37, that representation is taken into account in the consideration by the Scottish Ministers.