The House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee has criticised the UK Government over its handling of the deal to build the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset.

The committee lambasted ministers for not protecting consumers’ interests, warning that the poorest bill-payers will have to pay the most for the station.

It said the government must now “firm up” its “vague” promises of the wider benefits of the project so “UK workers, supply chain businesses and apprentices can see tangible benefits”.

Brexit means ministers cannot be certain of attracting the necessary skills from overseas, the report added.

‘Blinkered’ approach

Meg Hillier, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, said: “Bill-payers have been dealt a bad hand by the Government in its approach to this project.

“Its blinkered determination to agree the Hinkley deal, regardless of changing circumstances, means that for years to come energy consumers will face costs running to many times the original estimate.

“The Government made some grave strategic errors here and must now explain what it will do to ensure these are not repeated.”

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