Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


18 MAY 2018

Nuclear

Thank you for taking the time to email me about nuclear power and the proposed nuclear power station in Wales.

I understand your concerns on this matter, however I do think that nuclear power should remain part of our energy mix. I am also supportive of the renewable energy sector and would personally like to see more investment in tidal power in a region like the South West.

I hope the following information on this topic from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of interest:

The Government has been working closely with the developer, Horizon Nuclear Power, which is owned by Hitachi, on their proposals for building a new nuclear plant at the Wylfa site on the Isle of Anglesey. Ministers are still in discussions with the developer on their financing plans, but cannot discuss the details publicly as they are commercially confidential.

While nuclear power remains a crucial part of the UK's energy future, the Government has always been clear that this must be delivered at the right price for consumers and taxpayers. This principle runs through all engagement with any new-build developers.

Ultimately, nuclear power will play a vital part in the long-term energy mix of the UK. It provides a low-carbon, home-grown source of electricity, that will power millions of homes and businesses for decades to come. It is vital that we build an energy infrastructure that is not only clean, but also reliable, in order to secure our energy future.

Of course, the Government remains committed to a long-term, low-carbon future in all areas of electricity generation. Government support has driven down the cost of renewables and electricity capacity in the UK has quadrupled since 2010. The UK now has enough solar to power almost 2.7 million homes and is the most attractive market in the world for investment in offshore wind.

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