Early day motion 150

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NUCLEAR POWER AND PUBLIC SUBSIDIES

That this House notes that successive energy Ministers have said that there will be no subsidies provided for new nuclear plants; further notes in particular the comments made by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change that his scepticism on nuclear power `is based on whether or not they can make it work without public subsidy. One of the things the Coalition agreed with some passion in the current circumstances of fiscal restraint was that there will be no public subsidy for nuclear power'; further notes he stressed that even support in the event of a disaster was out of the question, insisting `That would count as a subsidy absolutely. There will be no public bailouts...I have explained my position to the industry and said public subsidies include contingent liabilities'; further notes that chief executives of private power companies operating in this country, such as Vincent de Rivaz, Chief Executive Officer of EDF Energy, have said that they are seeking no subsidies for any new nuclear plants they may build in Britain; believes that comments by such chief executives are disingenuous and misleading because many nuclear subsidies paid for by British taxpayers are already in place, including the multi-billion pound underwriting of insurance liabilities, the research and development for long-term nuclear waste management and facility decommissioning, the donations made to international nuclear research and promotional bodies, including the International Atomic Energy Agency, the EU's Euratom nuclear agency, and to national bodies including the National Nuclear Laboratory, the Nuclear Academy and the Nuclear Institute; further believes in addition that loan guarantees will be sought by companies planning to build new plants; and calls on the Government to exclude all taxpayer-funded direct and indirect subsidies from companies who have expressed interest in building new nuclear power plants in the UK for such construction and operation.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Brooke, Annette Liberal Democrats Mid Dorset and North Poole 14.06.2010
Bruce, Malcolm Liberal Democrats Gordon 10.06.2010
Burt, Lorely Liberal Democrats Solihull 08.06.2010
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 09.06.2010
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 08.06.2010
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 07.06.2010
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 08.06.2010
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 07.06.2010
Farron, Tim Liberal Democrats Westmorland and Lonsdale 24.06.2010
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 03.06.2010
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives 08.06.2010
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 22.07.2010
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 07.06.2010
Heyes, David Labour Party Ashton under Lyne 09.06.2010
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 08.06.2010
Huppert, Julian Liberal Democrats Cambridge 17.06.2010
Kaufman, Gerald Labour Party Manchester Gorton 17.06.2010
Lazarowicz, Mark Labour Party Edinburgh North and Leith 08.06.2010
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 08.06.2010
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 08.06.2010
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 30.06.2010
Pound, Stephen Labour Party Ealing North 03.06.2010
Skinner, Dennis Labour Party Bolsover 09.06.2010
Weir, Mike Scottish National Party Angus 09.06.2010
Williams, Hywel Plaid Cymru Arfon 08.06.2010