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Nuclear Power

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:16 pm on 22nd October 2002.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Conservative, South Cambridgeshire 8:16 pm, 22nd October 2002

I do not wish to interrupt the Minister too much, but there seems to be a confusion that I think he could help to clear up. Dr. Cable pushed the idea that running the current British Energy nuclear plant was uneconomic. Will the Minister confirm that essentially, as British Energy told the Trade and Industry Committee earlier this year, it aims to get its costs down to 1.6p per kWh? That is below the current price curve under the new electricity trading arrangements. It is clearly economically viable to continue to run the plant; the question in relation to British Energy is how to deal in the longer term with the decommissioning costs.