Boost to Britain's nuclear plans

Britain's nuclear expansion plans were boosted today after Japan's Hitachi signed a £700 million deal that will enable it to start building the next generation of power plants.

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Energy Secretary: 'There will be no direct nuclear subsidy'

Energy Secretary Edward Davey insists that there will not be a direct subsidy of new nuclear, but cannot say the cost will not end up with the taxpayer or consumer.

He says that the Horizon deal with Hitachi is "a real vote of confidence from foreign company" in the UK.

Spades will be in the ground at Oldbury and Anglesey in 2016 or 2017 at the very earliest.

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