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Nuclear Power Stations: Safety

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on (a) nuclear energy and (b) other aspects of energy policy.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Prime Minister discussed the response to the events in Fukushima with other Heads of Government/Heads of State at the European Council on 24/25 March. Following that, DECC officials have been working closely with other governments, regulators and the Commission in developing the criteria for stress tests for nuclear installations.

I met Commissioner Oettinger on 10 February to discuss a range of issues including the Energy 2020 strategy. I also attended the Energy Council on 28 February where energy efficiency, renewable energy and the Internal Energy Market were discussed. I have discussed a wide range of EU energy issues, including nuclear, with my European counterparts at the Informal Energy Council on 2/3 May.

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