Nuclear Power

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-11-20
Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Reference: 
2013/4246
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Does the Mayor believe the Government's plan for a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley C, which guarantees for 35 years that operators will be paid a price twice the market rate for electricity, represents good value to Londoners? Have you made any representations to the Government on the issue?

Answer

Answer for Nuclear Power

Answer for Nuclear Power

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Nuclear power is a major part of this country's drive to decarbonisation. The previous Labour government should have started work on new nuclear a decade ago. The reason the UK will have such a small energy headroom in two years is because the former Labour government's energy policies were short-termist and incoherent. That, along with leaving the worst fiscal deficit in the G20, is Labour's legacy, which the Coalition is left to address. The Government is aware of my support for new nuclear.