Rachel Reeves, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, has commented on the Nuclear sector deal announced by the Business and Energy Secretary of State Greg Clark today.
“This is a welcome commitment to the UK’s civil nuclear industry and to jobs and innovation. I hope the Secretary of State will ensure that the Government’s commitment on nuclear will be matched in the future by sector deals for the cheapest low-carbon technologies. The Government must take these steps to ensure they deliver on the goal to decarbonise the UK at least cost so that energy bills for consumers are as cheap as possible.
“The target of 40% women working in the nuclear sector is to be welcomed. Given women currently make up only 22% of the nuclear workforce, a range of creative measures will be necessary - across recruitment, flexible working practices and other areas - to ensure that this ambitious target can become a reality”.
“This support for nuclear needs to be matched by action to ensure there is seamless transition from Euratom to a UK safeguards regime. It is clear that there are serious outstanding concerns, including regarding recruitment and funding, which need to be urgently addressed'”.
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