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Ministers urged to speed nuclear debate

INDUSTRY LEADERS and the government's top scientist this week urged ministers to speed up the debate on whether more nuclear power stations should be built.

'We need a short sharp review followed by some good decisions, ' said the government's chief scientific advisor Sir David King.

He suggested that a new energy policy should be delivered by autumn 2006 at a meeting of the Commons environmental audit select committee last week.

Employers body the CBI also called for a decision on nuclear power within 12 months.

'A decision on the future of nuclear power has been allowed to drift for too long. Potential investors and the British public both deserve certainty, ' said CBI director general Sir Digby Jones.

King told MPs that facilities similar to nuclear power tations would have to be built if Britain was to dispose of its plutonium stockpile.

'It will cost a lot to deal with the plutonium if it is not through a power station, ' he said.

'We would still have to build something similar to a power station and turn it (plutonium) into waste. The ideal way would be to derive both power and waste.' INFOPLUS View the CBI's report at www.nceplus. co. uk

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