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Construction of nuclear stations debate

Conservative MP Ian Liddell-Grainger appealed to the climate minister to ensure investment for a new build nuclear power at Hinkley Point, on 13 July 2010.

In November 2009, the Labour Government approved sites for the building of 10 new nuclear power stations, seven of which already host nuclear plants.

Mr Liddell-Grainger emphasised the important economic contribution that Hinkley Point makes to his local area

"Make it worthwhile in Somerset to build Hinkley" he said.

The Minister for Energy and Climate Change Charles Hendry said the Hinkley Point power station was of national significance.

He added that the government was working to reform many areas connected to the nuclear industry, including the planning system, the regulator, and the disposal of waste.

Independent advisors the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) expect the first planning application for the batch of new sites to be submitted by the end of 2010.

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