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UK Government should ‘impose’ energy projects on devolved nations says Conservative editor

UK Government should ‘impose’ energy projects on devolved nations says
Conservative editor. The UK Government should “impose” energy projects
on the devolved nations, a Conservative editor has said. Conservative Home
deputy editor Henry Hill was responding to the suggestion by Business
Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng that they should respect Wales and Scotland’s
devolved competencies.

Planning powers are devolved to Scotland, meaning
that they could block any new nuclear site. The Welsh Government has the
power to consent energy projects with a generating capacity of up to 350MW,
meaning that the power to give the go-ahead to a nuclear power plant is
reserved to Westminster. Kwasi Kwarteng said the nuclear reactors are being
planned for England and Wales, insisting there is “huge appetite” for
this “particularly in Wales”.

But he said: “We have no plans to
impose nuclear reactors in Scotland. It is a devolved affair, that is up to
people in Edinburgh to decide what their nuclear policy is.” But Henry
Hill said that “energy should not be evolved” saying that the UK
Government should not “give a veto” to those opposing their energy
plans. Nation Cymru 9th April 2022

April 11, 2022 - Posted by | politics, UK

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