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Nuclear Power

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:02 pm on 22nd October 2002.

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Photo of Geoffrey Robinson Geoffrey Robinson Labour, Coventry North West 9:02 pm, 22nd October 2002

On the contrary, I think that I have something of a reputation for being a pioneer in new technologies—new industry. I believe, though, that one cannot be totally dependent on their coming off. That is one thing on which we cannot depend. One can plan on the basis of one's coal reserves, knowing what they are and being reasonably sure of extraction and production rates. We do not know so much about the new technologies, in which, as I am sure my hon. Friend Ian Stewart would agree, we must invest more. We must move towards fusion and so on. What we cannot do is count on technologies being available in future and close down what is available to us now.