Nuclear Power Stations

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Energy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th July 1991.

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Photo of Kevin Barron Kevin Barron Shadow Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change) 12:00 am, 15th July 1991

When the Government privatised the electricity supply industry they agreed that a levy of 10·6 per cent. would be added to people's electricity bills to pay for the difference between the cost of expensive nuclear power and fossil fuel. That levy has now increased to 11 per cent. Given that, at that stage, it was meant to cover the total decommissioning of power stations over 100 years and that the nuclear industry now talks about decommissioning over 130 years, why has there been no decrease in electricity bills?