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Nuclear Energy

Asked for a response to the comments made by environmental groups, that decisions on nuclear power had already been made, the PMS referred back to what the Prime Minister had said in the House of Commons at Prime Ministers Questions on the 11th July 2007. The Government’s preliminary view was that nuclear power had a role in providing the country’s homes and businesses with the low-carbon energy it needed. The PMS went on to say that the Government would make their decision in the autumn, after and in light of the consultation.

Asked if the Government was disappointed that environmental groups had chosen to pull out of the consultation, the PMS confirmed that the Government was disappointed.

Asked if the Government was worried that the timeline would get pushed back if a legal challenge was mounted and the third consultation was put at risk, the PMS said that the whole point of a consultation was to give people an opportunity to put their views and therefore it was better to do that if you were part of the consultation. Obviously there were a lot of different views on the issue. People would put their views; the Government would take them into account and then take a decision.

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