Nuclear Power — Not competitive — rejected — 22 Oct 2002 at 21:50
Mr Michael Portillo MP, Kensington and Chelsea did not vote.
The majority of MPs voted against the motion:
- This House
- notes with concern the decision of the Government to put at risk over £600 million of public funds in order to prevent the bankruptcy of the privatised nuclear power company British Energy;
- further notes that several competitor companies in the deregulated market also face financial collapse and that some are petitioning for Government assistance;
- believes that nuclear power has been shown in a competitive market to be uneconomic as well as to generate long-term environmental costs in respect of waste disposal and decommissioning;
- further believes that it would be wrong for the Government to continue to bail out British Energy shareholders with a massive unplanned injection of public money or encourage new nuclear power projects; and
- calls on Her Majesty's Government urgently to bring forward its response to the PIU energy review, with measures to initiate a sustained long-term improvement in energy efficiency and conservation, and to facilitate the more rapid introduction of a variety of new renewable energy technologies as the favoured electricity generating source in the long-term, taking into account the Government's Kyoto targets and the Prime Minister's support for sustainable energy use at Johannesburg.
An alternative motion was put in its place and voted through.
-  Vincent Cable MP, House of Commons, 22 October 2002
-  Energy Review, Performance and Innovation Unit, February 2002
-  Nuclear Power - Will be addressed on its own merits, House of Commons, 22 October 2002
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.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Lab||306 (+2 tell)||0||0||75.1%|
|LDem||0||43 (+2 tell)||0||84.9%|