Fukushima Power Station And Nuclear Power In The UK

EDM 1615

(2010 - 2011 session)

Horwood, Martin

March 2011

That this House deeply regrets the loss of life caused by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan and expresses its sincere condolences to all those affected by the disaster;  notes the resulting damage to at least four Japanese nuclear power stations including the  Fukushima Daiichi power station; applauds the courage and expertise of those working to make them safe; understands the unique circumstances of Japan’s place on a major geological fault-line; welcomes the decision by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to ask for a report from the Chief Nuclear Inspector on the implications of events in Japan for the UK; but nevertheless believes that events in Fukushima underline the extreme dangers inherent in nuclear power, the relative resilience of a completely safe, decentralised and renewable energy supply and the inevitable inability of even the highest design and safety standards to protects us from unforeseen events; and therefore calls on the Secretary of State to suspend the Government’s plans for a new nuclear power programme in the UK.