Energy Supply (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Reference: 
2013/3769
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

With reference to your 15 September article in The Sun 'Turbines won't do job.. let's go nuclear' - with new nuclear power stations taking 10 years to construct, and with no deal as yet agreed by the Government on the future of such plant, how are you, as Mayor, proposing nuclear will help solve London's energy security of supply concerns, all of which are in the next few years?

Answer

Answer for Energy Supply (1)

Answer for Energy Supply (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am delighted that on 21 October the Government came to an agreement to begin construction on the UK's first new nuclear reactor for a generation.

You are absolutely right to point out that it takes a decade to construct a nuclear reactor. That is why it was so foolish and irresponsible of the former Labour government to rule out new nuclear a decade ago when it was already predicted that this country would face an energy capacity crunch mid this decade.