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Energy: Nuclear

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of the views of other European Union member states on the need to develop new generation nuclear power plants; and what was the conclusion of any such assessment.[HL6451]

The Government have carried out no specific assessment on the need for other European Union (EU) member states to develop new nuclear power plants. However, we are aware of the energy policies of other member states, including their views on new nuclear build, through our regular direct contacts at EU level and bilateral meetings, through the regular reporting of our embassies to central Government and through other information co-ordinated by the European Commission. Of course, each member state has different energy requirements, dependent on the natural resources available to them and the forms of energy they choose to use.