Evidence pours in by the day on the mounting evidence of the subsidies being shelled out for the nuclear lobby. Nuclera power has never been profitable and the nuclear waste headache is for life.
Will future generations judge us as the stupid generation for neglecting the immense clean power of the tides? this is the deatil of yesterday's excanges. Thanks to the BBC Today in Parliament for highlighting this exchange.
Paul Flynn (Newport West, Labour)
On a point of order, Mr Speaker. We are informed by the media that the Government have been lobbied into spending vast sums on the nuclear industry, which has already dumped a £93 billion bill on taxpayers to clear up its waste, at the expense of developing tidal power, with all its immense potential. It is power that is clean, British and renewable, virtually for eternity. May we call the Minister to the House? We realise that he is embarrassed by his volte-face, but a decision of such magnitude, which will have spending commitments for decades, should be presented to the House.
John Bercow (Speaker)
The hon. Gentleman is an experienced parliamentarian. He is no stranger to getting his point across, if at all possible in prime time, and registering it in the Official Report. He has been successful in that objective. There is, I believe, a written ministerial statement today. I hope that the hon. Gentleman will understand if I take the remainder of his comments in the spirit in which I think they were intended-as a contribution to the debate and a register for the benefit of his constituents of his trenchant views on the matter.
Meg Hillier (Hackney South and Shoreditch, Labour)
On a point of order, Mr Speaker. As my hon. Friend Paul Flynn said, today theSecretary of State for Energy and Climate Change published a written statement dealing with significant issues for the future supply of energy, particularly as regards tidal technology and nuclear power, in the United Kingdom. I share the concern about that it was not an oral statement; the House should have had the chance to question the Secretary of State.
Mr Speaker, you have been a good champion of the House, and of Back Benchers in particular, when such information is leaked to the national newspapers. I was surprised to read in great detail about the written statement in the national and Welsh papers on Sunday. I hope that you will take the matter up and find out whether Ministers in devolved Administrations were consulted on this important information being leaked.