Nuclear Power

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 27th January 2005.

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Photo of Michael Jack Michael Jack Conservative, Fylde 11:30 am, 27th January 2005

Today, I had the pleasure of receiving a delegation from the Chinese environmental protection committee. Its members told me that China is about to double its commitment to nuclear power. A recent MORI poll confirms that the public now favour the generation of more nuclear power because they recognise its contribution to reducing CO 2 emissions. Given that the Minister confirms that the option will be kept open, will he ask the nuclear installations inspectorate to commence a design review of candidate designs to cut down the lead time if the industry can provide funding and investment to build a new generation to replace power stations that are being taken out of use?