Secretary of State says UK firms should lead development of next generation nuclear technology

Britain will be the number one place in the world for companies to do business in nuclear power according to John Hutton, Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory.

Speaking at the Unite Conference on Wednesday, he said: “I want Britain to be leading the world in the development and application of this new generation of low carbon power technology.”

He said that the design, build, operation and decommissioning of new nuclear power stations would require a broad range of professional skills – from engineers, scientist, mathematicians, radiation specialists and health physicists to project managers, office workers and administrators.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has made areas close to existing sites available for consideration as potential locations for the new nuclear power plants.

Hutton said that the establishment of a new independent Infrastructure Planning commission to make decisions would deliver quicker, more cost-effective and informed decisions. He added that his Department has begun drafting the Nuclear National Policy Statement which would be published for consultation next year.