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Govt seeks commitment to nuclear power stations

The government is seeking the construction of at least eight new nuclear power stations in the next 15 years, Gordon Brown hinted on Sunday.

The prime minister, addressing leaders at the launch of the Mediterranean Union in Paris, revealed his wish to secure a "renaissance of nuclear power" around the world in response to the energy price crisis.

Britain has already committed to new nuclear power stations but its government is relying on the private sector to make the investment needed.

Downing Street is reportedly increasingly concerned about the lack of pace shown by businesses and is seeking to demonstrate the government's wholehearted commitment to nuclear energy to convince firms to invest.

Mr Brown said: "Britain is moving quickly to replace its ageing nuclear power stations. Around the world I see renewed interest in this technology as countries contemplate the alternative - oil dependence and unchecked climate change."

The government announced on January 10th its decision to support the development of new nuclear power plants to meet the UK's energy needs.

The planning bill, which is at second reading in the Lords tomorrow (July 14th), features a planning commission, which will decide where in the country to place the power stations.

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