Parliament 2012-04-25

Nuclear Power Stations

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on subsidies for new nuclear power stations; and what information he has on any representations on this issue from (a )the Czech Republic, (b) France and (c) Poland. [105672]

Charles Hendry: In a written ministerial statement made on 18 October 2010, Official Report¸ columns 42-6WS(1), the then Secretary of State, the right hon. Member for Eastleigh (Chris Huhne), set out that there will be no subsidy for new nuclear. It set out that this means there will be no levy, direct payment or market support for electricity supplied or capacity provided by a private sector new nuclear operator, unless similar support is also made available more widely to other types of generation. That statement also set out that new nuclear power will benefit from any general measures that are in place or may be introduced as part of wider reform of the electricity market to encourage investment in low-carbon generation. We are considering how the electricity market reforms interact with State Aid rules, and are engaging closely with the European Commission to ensure the policy is consistent with the appropriate rules.

The Department holds discussions with European partners on a range of energy policy issues including nuclear, but we do not hold representations from the Czech Republic, France or Poland on plans for subsidies for new nuclear power stations.

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