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Nuclear Policy

Volume 974: debated on Monday 26 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what steps he proposes to take to initiate informal public discussion on future nuclear policy; and if he will make a statement.

We believe that public discussion about nuclear power is important and can best be promoted if all concerned contribute to the debate in a fair and balanced way, making relevant information available and explaining the issues clearly. The Government will encourage this process.I intend, for instance, that the assessments I have requested from the nuclear installations inspectorate and the CEGB of the implications of the Kemeny report on the Three Mile Island accident should be made public; and I have made it clear that any decision to build a commercial demonstration fast reactor in Britain will be subject to a full public inquiry.