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Nuclear Power

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) meetings and (b) briefings he has had on nuclear power; with whom; on what dates; and if he will post on his departmental website copies of all briefings he has received on (i) nuclear and (ii) other power generation sources since his appointment. (228641)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I have had introductory meetings on a range of matters concerning our new portfolios which includes nuclear. As such briefs and presentations provide advice and information to Ministers, the Department will not be publishing them.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will review the (a) conduct and (b) content of the second round of consultation on nuclear power policy in summer 2007; and if he will post on his Department’s website the statements issued by his Department on the judgement of the Market Research Standards Board on the market research which informed the consultation. (230133)

Last year’s consultation on the future of nuclear power in the UK was a full and transparent consultation, lasting 20 weeks. We published a comprehensive consultation document, had a dedicated website, ran press advertising, held stakeholder events and commissioned Opinion Leader to run deliberative events with the public.

The decision by the Market Research Standards Board referred to Opinion Leader’s conduct in relation to the deliberative events, one part of our consultation. I have published on our website the response the Department issued on this matter.