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BEIS – GAS SUPPLIES & ROLLS-ROYCE MODULAR NUCLEAR REACTORS - 20 September 2021

BEIS – GAS SUPPLIES & ROLLS-ROYCE MODULAR NUCLEAR REACTORS - 20 September 2021

Dr Julian Lewis: As Russia completes its sinister Nord Stream 2 pipeline and tightens its stranglehold on gas supplies to Europe, why are we not fully exploiting Rolls-Royce modular nuclear reactors to decrease our indirect dependence on Russian gas and our direct dependence on French and Chinese nuclear technology?

[The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Kwasi Kwarteng): My right hon. Friend knows that coming up with a fleet of small modular reactors cannot be done overnight. It takes about 10 years to develop the technology. As I have said repeatedly, it is a key part of our nuclear strategy and is the third point of the Prime Minister’s 10-point plan. I frequently speak about this to Warren East, the chief executive officer of Rolls-Royce. As a consequence of the spending review period, it is something that we hope to be able to commit to on the UK balance sheet.]