Scots retain nuclear veto

Scotland will keep its veto on building nuclear power stations and other major infrastructure projects, according to Scottish secretary Jim Murphy.

In its submission to the Calman Commission on the future of Scottish devolution, the UK government warned that the Scottish Government's control over planning could undermine its energy policy.

But speaking on BBC2's Newsnight Scotland, Murphy insisted that it is important for Scotland to retain control over planning issues. "The Scottish parliament has power over planning policy and it is important that it has that power," he stressed.

"We have to look to see whether we can have better working relations so that both parliaments and both governments can work in the interests of Scotland."

The UK consultation on the strategic siting of nuclear power stations ahead of a national policy statement closed this week.


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