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Nuclear Power: Safety

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral response to the hon. Member for St. Albans (Anne Main) of 30 June 2008, Official Report, column 628W, what consideration the Government has given to risks other than those of safety in planning of nuclear expansion. (225875)

The Government committed to an extensive public consultation last year on the future of nuclear power. The consultation document ‘Future of Nuclear Power’ which we published in May last year and the Nuclear White Paper published in January set out in detail how the Government had carefully considered the issues in relation to nuclear energy.

In addition to the safety issue, these documents explain how we have considered matters related to: economics, security, health, non-proliferation, transport, waste and decommissioning, ethics, the environment, supply of nuclear fuel, supply chain and skills capacity and reprocessing.