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Nuclear Power Debate Scottish Parliament

A debate was held on nuclear power in the Scottish Parliament on 4 May. The motion read: *S2M-4329 Shiona Baird (Green): Pledge Against New Nuclea r Power Stations in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the interim report of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) which states \"CoRWM takes no position on the desirability or otherwise of nuclear new build. We believe that future decisions on new build should be subject to their own assessment process\"; further notes that government advisors on sustainable development have reported that there are issues other than waste management that should rule out new nuclear power, including risk of accident, terrorist threat, security of supply, economic cost and the availability of safe, clean and economic renewable energy and energy efficiency measures; recognises the opposition to nuclear new build in Scotland by the Green, SNP, SSP and Liberal Democrat parties; notes in particular that Nicol Stephen MSP recently stated \"The Liberal Democrats have a tough, clear and consistent position across the UK….We oppose new nuclear power.... the Liberal Democrats remain determined to oppose this year, next year and every year\", and calls on all political parties opposed to new nuclear power stations in Scotland to pledge that they will not be part of, or support, a Scottish Executive that allows new nuclear power stations to be built, even if the issue of nuclear waste management may be considered to have been resolved. Supported by: Mr Mark Ruskell*, Eleanor Scott* The following amendments were submitted: *S2M-4329.1 Alex Johnstone: Pledge Against New Nuclear Power Stations in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S2M-4329) in the name of Shiona Baird, leave out from first \"notes\" to end and insert \"believes that Scotland needs a balanced energy policy to meet the energy needs of the nation, including a mixture of generation from a range of technologies, including coal, oil, gas, renewables and nuclear; further believes that our energy policy must support sustainable economic growth while simultaneously fighting against fuel poverty, and believes that the decisions on the future make-up of our energy provision, which should include a nuclear component, need to be made now.\" S2M-4329.2 Richard Lochhead (SNP): Pledge Against New Nuclear Power Stations in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S2M-4329) in the name of Shiona Baird, insert at end \"and therefore agrees that no nuclear power stations should be built in Scotland.\" *S2M-4329.3 Ross Finnie: Pledge Against New Nuclear Power Stations in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S2M-4329) in the name of Shiona Baird, leave out from first \"notes\" to end and insert \"appreciates the work of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management; welcomes the position statement on its draft recommendations published by the committee on 27 April 2006; agrees that the review of options for the long-term management of radioactive waste, currently being undertaken by the committee, is the correct means of engaging Scotland on the crucial issue of finding a long-term management option for higher activity radioactive waste, and notes the Executive’s position, as outlined in the Partnership Agreement, that it will not support the further development of nuclear power stations while waste management issues remain unresolved.\" Supported by: Rhona Brankin* *S2M-4317.1 Mr David Davidson The Motion, as amended,was agreed by 66 votes to 46:- That the Parliament appreciates the work of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management; welcomes the position statement on its draft recommendations published by the committee on 27 April 2006; agrees that the review of options for the long-term management of radioactive waste, currently being undertaken by the committee, is the correct means of engaging Scotland on the crucial issue of finding a long-term management option for higher activity radioactive waste, and notes the Executive\'s position, as outlined in the Partnership Agreement, that it will not support the further development of nuclear power stations while waste management issues remain unresolved.