Hutton talks up a nuclear future

The Energy Secretary claims a new nuclear programme will create 100,000 new jobs and generate £20 billion for the UK economy

Speaking at a UNITE trade union conference yesterday, Mr Hutton said that he wanted to make the UK the “number one place in the world for companies to do business in new nuclear,” and promised to remove the obstacles to make this happen.

The Government is already working to streamline the planning and licensing process, but Mr Hutton announced plans to boost training to provide the skilled workers required to deliver his nuclear ambitions. The UK has an aging nuclear workforce and there is a worldwide shortage of nuclear engineers. Mr Hutton once again insisted that the nuclear industry would receive no “hidden subsidies”.

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