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Lords debates the role of civil nuclear power

10 December 2021

Sizewell Nuclear Power Station

The House of Lords debated the role of civil nuclear power in meeting the UK’s electricity needs and energy security, on Thursday 9 December.


Lord Howell of Guildford (Conservative), Windsor Energy Group chair and former President of the Energy Industrial Council, put forward the debate.

This was a general debate. During debates, members put their experience to good use to discuss current issues and draw the government's attention to concerns.

Members speaking

Members speaking included:

  • Lord Broers (Crossbench), former professor of electrical engineering
  • Lord Grantchester (Labour), opposition spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change
  • Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Conservative), former Commercial Secretary and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Minister.

Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist (Conservative), government whip and member of the Terrestrial Energy Advisory Board, responded on behalf of the government.

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Find out more about the issues the debate covers in the House of Lords Library briefing.

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Image: Sizewell Nuclear Power Station, Adobe Stock.