HC Deb 15 January 1974 vol 867 c56W
Mr. Tope

asked the Minister for Energy when he expects to take a decision on the direction of the nuclear power programme ; and if he will publish a Green Paper in the near future.

Mr. Patrick Jenkin

The Government intend to reach a decision on reactor choice early this year. My noble Friend proposes to make available to Parliament the detailed basis on which conclusions are reached and decisions are made.

Dr. John A. Cunningham

asked the Minister for Energy what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the EEC about the Community policy on nuclear reactors ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Patrick Jenkin

There is no Community policy on nuclear reactors as such ; this topic falls under the general heading of Community Energy Policy, which is still being formulated. Hence, United Kingdom Ministers have not had any recent discussions with their counterparts in the EEC specifically on the subject of nuclear reactors. However, regular contacts are maintained between my Department, the United Kingdom bodies concerned and their European opposite numbers to allow co-operation and coordination.