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Nuclear Power Stations: North West

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 222721, tabled on 18 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the North West Nuclear Arc on innovation and future growth in new nuclear in the North West.

Answered on

26 February 2019

Last year, the North West Nuclear Arc completed a Science and Innovation Audit (SIA), a BEIS sponsored project, that mapped the strengths and opportunities in their area. This will be published, with the other eleven Wave 3 SIAs, by BEIS in due course.

Proposals for a £30 million national and regional nuclear supply chain and productivity improvement programme, developed with participation from Local Enterprise Partnerships in the North-West in conjunction with other parties, are currently being considered by BEIS as part of the commitments within the Nuclear Sector Deal.

The Government welcomes the initiative of nuclear businesses, supply chain clusters, universities and innovators across Cumbria, the wider North West, and North Wales to work together through the North West Nuclear Arc.

We believe our policies through the Nuclear Sector Deal and Nuclear Innovation Programme will support the North West Nuclear Arc to capitalise on the regions historic strengths in the nuclear sector.

It was this Government that agreed a landmark Nuclear Sector Deal worth over £200m, as well as giving the go-ahead to Hinkley Point C, the first new nuclear power station in a generation.