Nuclear Power

MQT on 2013-11-20
Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


With reference to your answer to MQ 2013/3769 can you please answer the question as to how new nuclear reactors which by your own admission take a decade to construct, will help London deal with the capacity crunch which could occur as soon as next winter?


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 2 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.

You are right to point out that - as always - righting Labour's mistakes will take some time. That is why I am driving the biggest buildings retrofit programme London has seen, collaborating with partners through the Low Carbon London programme and my Electricity Working Group to support smart technologies to reduce the peak demand spikes, and am working to deliver on my target that 25% of London's energy demand should be met by local sources by 2025 taking pressure off upstream generators.