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Huhne: 'no subsidies for nuclear industry'

Former energy minister Chris Huhne has called on the government not to allow subsidies for the nuclear industry.

Since leaving Parliament, Huhne has forged a career as an energy expert.

He was commenting on the termination of a multi-billion-pound nuclear contract, due to a botched tendering process.

No subsidies for nuclear. That was the coalition government policy. It should be the policy again but the government seems to be relenting and saying 'no, maybe we should give a few subsidies', and it's opening the door to exactly a repetition of the sort of disaster that we see today.

It is genuinely the case that for example in Sellafield where there are a lot of research facilities, and which accounts for about 70% of the cost of total decommissioning, a lot of things were thrown away in the 1950s in the urgency to generate plutonium for the atom bomb programme, as well as generating electricity.

Those things weren't properly logged. We don't know what's in the silos, and therefore you need to have a really extensive investigative programme to find out what the problems are before you can clear them up.

And if you find out they are worse than you could conceivably have expected, that's going to cost more money, so that's basically what's been happening, and we've got this enormous increase in the cost of clear up.

– Chris Huhne, former Secretary of State for energy and climate change

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Canadian company completes takeover of Wigton-based firm Innovia

Innovia manufactures a film used in the new polymer £5 bank note Credit: PA

Canadian company, CCL Industries, has completed the purchase of Wigton-based firm Innovia Group of Companies (Innovia) for the total of £694million (1.14billion Canadian dollars).

The acquisition was first announced in December.

We are extremely pleased to welcome the employees of the Innovia Group of companies to the CCL family.

– Geoffrey T. Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer of CCL

Innovia employs 1,200 people globally and more than 600 at Wigton, where it manufactures the polypropylene film for used in the new £5 bank note.

CCL Industries employs more than 20,000 people in 35 countries.

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Entrepreneurial recognition for Scottish Borders

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The Scottish Borders is one of the most entrepreneurial areas of Scotland, according to new figures.

The data, from the Federation of Small Businesses, looked at self-employment figures for nearly 500 Scottish towns.

It found that all 18 towns in the Borders are well above the national average.

The FSB report actually indicated that they think that part of the driving force is resilient local communities such as this one on Clovenfords that we are in today, as well as relatively higher levels of qualification and relatively higher levels of skill. Those are driving factors that help us to be an entrepreneurial region."

– Stuart Bell, Scottish Borders Council

Prime Minister 'committed' to Moorside nuclear deal

Prime Minister Theresa May responding in the House of Commons. Credit: PA

The Prime Minister has said the government is "committed" to ensuring the potential Moorside nuclear development in Cumbria goes ahead.

Theresa May was responding to an urgent question asked in Parliament by Cumbrian MP John Woodcock.

He asked her what she was doing to safeguard the deal, which has been thrown into question after the company behind the plans - Toshiba - announced it was reviewing its nuclear operations.

It is hoped the £10 billion development will bring 21,000 jobs to Cumbria.

I and the Business Secretary are involved and are keen to see these nuclear deals stay on track.

I can assure you the Government's commitment is there.

– Theresa May, Prime Minister
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