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Nuclear Power

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations his Department has received from commercial energy companies regarding (a) whether Government subsidies would be required to make the construction and operation of new nuclear generating stations viable and (b) the level of subsidy which would be required per nuclear generating station. (85593)

All responses to the energy review consultation exercise, which closed on 14 April 2006, have been posted on the DTI website at http://www.dti.gov.uk/energy/review/consultation-submissions/page27883.html.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to discuss with directors of (a) the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate and (b) the Office for Civil Nuclear Security the adequacy of safety and security inspectors in the event that private operators come forward with proposals to build new nuclear power plants. (86088)

Issues relating to the allocation of existing regulatory staff, or the recruitment of additional staff to deal with proposals for new nuclear power plants, will be a matter for the directors of the respective independent regulators.

The availability of regulatory resources is one issue amongst many that would feature in any future discussions that the Department held on such proposals.