Nuclear Power — Will be addressed on its own merits — 22 Oct 2002 at 22:00

The majority of MPs voted for the motion:[1]

  • This House
  • welcomes the publication earlier this year of the Performance and Innovation Unit's review of the strategic issues surrounding energy policy for Great Britain up to 2050;[2]
  • welcomes the Government's commitment to publish an Energy White Paper in the New Year setting out a long-term framework for energy policy following its recent extensive and innovative public consultation on energy issues;
  • understands that British Energy's problems, and those of certain other players, are about companies rather than a way of generating electricity and welcomes the speed with which the market can respond to protect the interests of consumers;
  • recognizes that the future of nuclear power in the UK is a question that has to be addressed on its own merits, not in the light of a particular set of circumstances surrounding a particular private sector company;
  • further recognizes that it is not the responsibility of Government to bail out electricity suppliers unless it threatens safety or security of electricity supplies; and
  • welcomes the work Government has done to promote sustainable energy use in terms of energy use reductions and to promote the development of renewable energy.

This replaced a previous motion that had been voted down by the majority of MPs.[3]

Debate in Parliament | Historical Hansard | Source |

Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con0 000.0%
DUP1 0020.0%
Ind0 10100.0%
Lab287 (+2 tell) 0070.5%
LDem0 42 (+2 tell)083.0%
PC0 40100.0%
SNP0 50100.0%
UUP5 0083.3%
Total:293 52053.9%

Rebel Voters - sorted by name

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
no rebellions

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