PM reminded planning power stations devolved

SNP Westminster Energy spokesperson, Mike Weir MP, has reminded Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, that decisions over the establishment of new nuclear power stations in Scotland are a matter for the Scottish Government.

Asked at his morning press briefing how many nuclear power stations should be built in Scotland, Mr Brown said: "We said these are matters for decision. As you know, we have got a consultation document out on this."

Mr Weir said:

"Gordon Brown well knows the strength of feeling in Scotland against developing new nuclear power stations, and he must also know that these matters are for decision by the Scottish Government, not him.

"I can only imagine the ambiguity on the issue is down to his confusion, rather than more sinister intentions.

"I would remind Gordon Brown that the Scottish Government, and indeed the Scottish Parliament, reject the development of dangerous, unnecessary and costly new nuclear power stations in Scotland.

"The Scottish Government are leading the way with clean, green and reliable alternatives. Scotland has massive renewables potential, as well as significant opportunities for clean fossil-fuel technologies and carbon storage.

"Harnessing that potential can meet our future energy demands several times over, while tackling climate change."