Tom Greatrex MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy Minister, commenting on the report by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee which said that the Government didn’t even have a “Plan A” for nuclear research and accused it of “complacency”, said:
“This report is yet another blow to the credibility of Chris Huhne and should act as a wake-up call for the Government.
“Nuclear is an important aspect of what must be a varied energy mix. If we lose the skills and expertise in nuclear research and development now, they could be gone forever.
“But this isn’t just about nuclear energy – it’s part of a wider failure on the part of this out of touch Tory-led Government to invest in jobs and growth that will produce long-term benefits.
“Chris Huhne must take heed of this important report and outline a long-term nuclear strategy as soon as possible. He must not let his personal ideological objection to new nuclear stand in the way of what is best for the energy needs of the UK.”