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Committee chair comments on Hitachi decision on Wylfa

17 January 2019

BEIS Committee Chair responds to Hitachi’s decision to suspend the Wylfa nuclear plant project.

Chair's comments

Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee said:

"The announcement on Wylfa is not unexpected but it deals a heavy blow to the Government’s energy policy and to jobs and the local economy. I’ve previously asked the Secretary of State about the progress of the Wylfa project and this decision suggests the Government has taken its eye off the ball on a crucial plank of their nuclear energy policy. The Government needs to set out what they will do to try to ensure the suspension of the project is temporary rather than permanent.

"Given this decision drives a coach and horses through their energy policy, the Government must come forward with a Plan B on how it is going to plug the gap left by Wylfa. We will be questioning the Secretary of State about these issues when he appears before the BEIS Committee at the beginning of February".

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee will be holding an evidence session on Wednesday 6 February questioning the Rt Hon Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on a range of subject areas related to the work of the Department.

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