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Nuclear Energy

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much power was generated in the UK by nuclear energy in the last period for which figures are available. (81423)

Nuclear power accounted for 19 per cent. of electricity supplied in the first quarter of 2006. This equates to 20.5 TWh (electricity).

Full details of UK energy statistics are available on the DTI Energy website at

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2006, Official Report, column 1635W, on nuclear power, if he will place in the Library a copy of the studies referred to, including a translation into English where the study is in a foreign language. (78936)

I have arranged for a copy of the studies referred to in my previous answer to be placed in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what financial contribution has been made by (a) his Department, (b) other Government Departments, (c) the UK’s public sector nuclear industry and (d) the UK nuclear industry’s private sector to the work done by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate/Health and Safety Executive on the pre-licensing of nuclear power generation plants. (81070)

The Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has not done any work on the pre-licensing of new nuclear power plants.

In its Expert Report for the Energy Review published on 28 June 2006, HSE describes its proposed approach to dealing with any future requests for pre-licensing assessments of new designs of nuclear power station. HSE’s proposal was devised using existing HSE resources and no additional funding has been provided from any source.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the feed-in tariff system for encouraging the use of electricity generated from renewable sources or from nuclear energy. (82133)

The Energy Review has looked at a wide range of options for bringing forward low carbon energy technologies of all kinds. The current intention is to publish the results of the Energy Review in July.