A LOBBY GROUP dedicated to promoting nuclear energy has teamed up with the ICE-affiliated British Nuclear Energy Society.
Supporters of Nuclear Energy declares itself as 'a voluntary organisation formed by those who believe that nuclear energy is crucial to Britain's continuing commercial success and vital worldwide if global economic development is to be sustained.'
SONE's secretary is Margaret Thatcher's formidable ex-press secretary Sir Bernard Ingham and its high-powered patrons include former home secretary Viscount (Willie) Whitelaw and trade union power brokers John Edmonds and Sir Gavin Laird.
The ICE provides SONE with a limited and paid-for secretarial service through its arrangement with BNES. This consists of an accommodation address, the forwarding of mail and a phone and fax when needed. BNES, which is a professional body rather than a pressure group, offered SONE this assistance as Ingham is so often on the move.
The arrangement was cleared by the Charity commissioners, under whose auspices the ICE operates.
The pressure group's literature offers annual membership for £15 and life membership for £125. In return joiners are offered briefings, conferences, seminars and lectures, visits to nuclear installations and 'the right to influence SONE's strategic direction'.