15 September 2021
Bridgen urges PM to back modular nuclear reactors to help reach zero carbon target

At Prime Minister’s Questions, Andrew Bridgen calls on the PM to support small modular nuclear reactors, such as that being developed in Derby, to help reach a zero carbon future and support the roll-out of this technology to the UK and the world.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

Q15. On Monday, it was a pleasure to meet the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer in Leicester as they discussed a zero-carbon future with British Gas. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the development in neighbouring Derby of the modular nuclear reactors can play a major part in this zero-carbon future? What steps are the Government taking to facilitate the roll-out of this technology to the UK and the world, especially this week, which is nuclear week—perhaps in more ways than one? (903454)

The Prime Minister (Boris Johnson)

I thank my hon. Friend. We are already working with Rolls-Royce. We gave £20 million seed money to the Rolls-Royce-led consortium when this Government first came in to help them to develop their small modular reactor design. As I said to him the other day, we want to see that company coming forward with a fully worked out plan—a fully worked out business case—that we can all get behind.