To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much the Government spent from the public purse on (a) subsidies, (b) investment and (c) research and development in the nuclear energy sector in each of the last 10 financial years and to date in this financial year.
The nuclear energy sector comprises many integral parts including generation, fuel fabrication, waste treatment and disposal, decommissioning and research and development, which are variously publicly or privately owned. The data requested cannot be readily and comprehensively compiled across these areas, however, relevant data on any government spend in these areas can be found in the Department’s annual reports, as well as those from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and other public bodies. The UK nuclear generating fleet is privately owned by EDF and receives no public subsidy. The Contract for Difference in place for Hinkley Point C means that consumers will only pay once the plant is generating electricity.