Nuclear Power Stations: Decommissioning

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Sue Hayman Sue Hayman Labour, Workington

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will raise with the Chancellor of the Exchequer the provision of further research and development tax relief to companies developing innovative technologies to help accelerate the process of decommissioning nuclear sites.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Holding answer received on 30 June 2015

There is a continuing need for research and development to support the safe, secure and cost effective decommissioning of nuclear installations. Under the Energy Act 2004 the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is required to promote and, where necessary, carry out research in relation to its primary function of nuclear decommissioning and clean-up. The Government already has in place a number of measures, including R&D tax credits for SMEs and large companies, to support research and development across the economy. Therefore, my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State has no plans to raise with my rt. hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer the issue of providing further specific further tax relief in this area.

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