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Lords call on government to break cycle of nuclear indecision

Lords call on government to break cycle of nuclear indecision


The government has been criticised by the Lords science and technology committee over its indecision in developing nuclear policy and small modular reactors (SMRs). In a report, published on Tuesday 2 May, the committee highlighted how the government’s failure to publish results of the first phase of the SMR competition has had a “negative effect” on the nuclear sector and if policy makers did not act soon the necessary high level of industrial interest “will not be maintained”. The report also outlined how the UK risks losing its lead in fusion research and access to markets and skills should it leave Euratom without replacement arrangements in place. Chairman of the committee, the Earl of Selborne said: “If the government’s aim is for the UK to be active across the main areas of nuclear R&D it needs to make significant investments in new technologies or we risk falling behind the rest of the world.”

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