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Nuclear Energy

Asked if there had been a discussion in Cabinet about nuclear energy, the PMOS said no. Asked when Cabinet had last been briefed about the cost of nuclear power stations, the PMOS said that the costs would obviously be a part of the energy review and it would look at the costs on all sides. As he had said throughout the week, there wasn’t any cost free option on the table.

Asked to clarify whether would be a White Paper on nuclear energy, the PMOS said that the precise nature of the paper had yet to be finalised. There were not going to open ended options, but rather recommendations to be consulted on. We should wait and see how formally that was described. Asked if he thought there would be a parliamentary vote, the PMOS said that that would be determined by the outcome of the energy review. Put to him that it seemed sensible that such an important and controversial issue should be put to MPs, the PMOS said that in terms of the options, the time to judge how to handle them was when we knew what they were. The Prime Minister was absolutely firm on the fact that we did have a real issue to address, there was an energy gap and there was an issue about not meeting the Carbon Dioxide emissions target therefore we had to address it. As we said earlier there was no cost free solution, renewable options cost money as well.

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