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Sustainability committee

The Environment, Sustainability and Housing Minister Jane Davidson AM gave evidence to the committee on the UK Government's National Policy Statements on 11 January 2010.

National Policy Statements provide the policy context and justification for proposed major infrastructure projects.

The UK Government has drafted six National Policy Statements for energy infrastructure which are currently subject to public consultation.

One such National Policy Statement deals with nuclear power generation, an issue that demand much of the committee's attention given the identification of the Wylfa site in Anglesey as a potential site for the development of a nuclear power station.

Giving evidence to the committee the minister said that they had to accept that policy making in relation to nuclear energy is a matter for the UK government.

But she stressed that where competence lies with Wales, in particular in relation to planning, they should comply with that.

However members raised concerns that the Infrastructure Planning Commission, which makes decisions on applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects, would have the final say if any of their policies conflicted with the assembly government's policies.

The Welsh Assembly Government is currently considering the content of the consultation with relevant bodies such as the Countryside Council for Wales and the Environment Agency.

It has until 22 February to respond to the UK Government's consultation process.

Sustainability Committee membership


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