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Nuclear power should take priority, says report

A report by the Birmingham Policy Commission has recommended Britain focus on nuclear power growth rather than renewable energy sources.

The Commission, a group of leading energy experts chaired by former Labour secretary of state for energy and climate change Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, states that industry is unlikely to invest the billions of pounds needed to build new nuclear power stations by itself.

The report warns that delays in making a decision to build new nuclear power stations over the past decade have resulted in the country falling behind other countries in research and expertise on nuclear energy.

Furthermore, it calls for the establishment of a statutory Nuclear Policy Council to establish a long term road map for nuclear energy in the UK.

It recommends greater incentives to encourage communities to host geological disposal sites for nuclear waste.