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CECA director calls for nuclear certainty

Director of Civil Engineering Contractors' Association Rosemary Beales has called on the Government to provide contractors with 'certainty and long-term commitment' if the new generation of nuclear power stations is to be successful.

Ms Beales welcomed yesterday's announcement from the Government to back the nuclear power stations programme which has sparked immediate interest from firms in winning a share of the multi-million pound work.

She said: "The civil engineering industry has the knowledge and expertise to construct the power generation facilities the country needs and this decision is the clear message contractors have been waiting for. We trust that the measures will be progressed through to legislation and not abandoned as has happened in the past.

"A clearly visible long-term programme will provide contractors with the confidence to invest in appropriate training and resources to deliver what is required."

The announcement was also welcomed by pro-nuclear and business groups as well as unions representing nuclear workers, but was attacked by environmentalists, opposition politicians and some Labour supporters.