Meeting the energy challenge: a white paper on nuclear power

URN No: 08/525/A4

Energy Challenge - A White Paper on Nuclear Power cover

On 10 January 2008, Secretary of State John Hutton announced in the House of Commons the Government's response to its public consultation "The Future of Nuclear Power" on whether it is in the public interest to allow energy companies to invest in new nuclear power stations.

The Secretary of State confirmed that in the face of the double challenge of addressing climate change by reducing carbon emissions and ensuring security of supply, he believed that it was in the country's vital long-term interest that nuclear power should play a role in providing Britain with clean, secure and affordable energy. He therefore invited energy companies to bring forward plans to build and operate new nuclear power stations.

The Government's response, "Meeting the energy challenge: a White Paper on nuclear power", is available below, together with supporting documents which report in detail on the consultation process. The White Paper:

  • Reports on the consultation process, with detailed supporting documents;
  • Reports responses to the consultation, and the evidence presented;
  • Sets out the Government's responses to the arguments presented;
  • Outlines the steps the Government now proposes to take.

Additionally, the Government is publishing all the responses it received to the consultation. These can be read on the The Future of Nuclear Power website.

Meeting the energy challenge: a White Paper on nuclear power - full version

Meeting the energy challenge: a White Paper on nuclear power - in sections

Meeting the energy challenge: a White Paper on nuclear power - Welsh language version of the forewords and executive summary

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Analysis of Consultation Responses

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