Gordon Brown positive on nuclear

05 July 2007

New UK prime minister Gordon Brown made positive statements on nuclear energy during his first Prime Minister's Questions session on 4 July. Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell asked whether Brown would abandon the "headlong rush" to new nuclear power stations initated by Tony Blair. Brown's reply was that the UK should not rely on an energy policy that makes it dependent on just one or two areas of the world. "That is why we have made the decision to continue with nuclear power, and why the security of our energy supply is best safeguarded by building a new generation of nuclear power stations." The recent white paper announced the UK government's "preliminary view" - subject to consultation - "that it is in the public interest to give the private sector the option of investing in new nuclear power stations."

Further information

WNA's Nuclear Power in the United Kingdom information paper

WNN: "Practical but radical" UK energy policies