UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Labour gambling taxpayer cash on nuclear clean-up costs says Hughes

Press Release   •   Jan 22, 2010 10:53 GMT

“By promising to fund any extra costs in decommissioning, Labour is gambling taxpayers’ money for energy firms who won’t pick up the tab," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary.

Commenting on today’s report by the Comptroller and Auditor General into the sale of the Government’s interest in British Energy, Simon Hughes said:

“This report shows the Government’s blindness to the clean-up costs of nuclear power in its headlong rush to build new plants.

“By promising to fund any extra costs in decommissioning, Labour is gambling taxpayers’ money for energy firms who won’t pick up the tab.

“The Government’s promises to build new nuclear power stations without public subsidy are virtually worthless when it’s already writing blank cheques to private energy firms.”