Clause 58

Energy Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:00 pm on 4 March 2008.

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Power to apply this Chapter to other nuclear installations

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister of State (Energy), Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform

This clause recognises the fact that, in due course, companies may come forward with proposals to develop other nuclear installations and facilities that will sustain and support the development of a growing nuclear energy sector. It will apply to installations or facilities that are constructed for a purpose connected with the generation of electricity, such as fuel fabrication and/or decommissioning.

The clause is about future-proofing in this framework, and it is right that we make the most of this legislative opportunity to ensure that the recourse to public funds is remote at all times. If such proposals come forward, we will seek to ensure that the developers of new installations or facilities, which are constructed for a purpose connected to the generation of electricity by nuclear power stations, cover their full decommissioning costs and any waste management costs. We believe that  developers of such installations should have to operate in the comprehensive regulatory framework proposed in the Bill.

The clause will give the Secretary of State the power to extend the clauses in the Bill by order under the affirmative procedure to such installations, to ensure that the same provisions can be applied to those facilities. Such an order will be subject to the affirmative procedure, which will provide Parliament with a further opportunity to scrutinise any proposal that comes forward. That is thought to be appropriate on the basis that the provisions will give the Secretary of State the power to extend the scope of the legislation in relevant cases. I suggest that the clause stand part of the Bill.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 58 ordered to stand part of the Bill.