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Nuclear Power Stations

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what consideration his Department makes of population density when considering potential locations for new power stations; (142552)

(2) whether his Department has identified any sites for potential new nuclear power stations to be built in Sussex;

(3) what criteria his Department uses to determine the location of new nuclear power stations.

[holding answers 14 June 2007]: DTI has not identified any locations for new nuclear power stations. Any new nuclear power stations would be built by the private sector but no decisions would be taken on any potential location for a new nuclear power station pending the carrying out of a full strategic siting assessment (SSA).

DTI is consulting on a proposed process for carrying out an SSA. If the Government confirms its preliminary view that it is in the public interest to allow energy companies the option of investing in new nuclear power stations, DTI would consult separately on the siting criteria that would underpin such an assessment. Such criteria would include demographic considerations, including with regard to population density and distribution. In addition to the SSA, any proposed new nuclear sites would need to comply with the rigorous site-specific safety and environmental requirements of the independent regulators.