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Government Minister and industry experts questioned on nuclear technologies

28 February 2017

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee questions Jesse Norman MP, Minister for Energy and Industry for its inquiry into priorities for nuclear research and technologies. The Office for Nuclear Regulation and industry experts also give evidence.

In the first session, the Committee explore with the witnesses if there is sufficient co-ordination between the bodies involved in nuclear research and how it could improve. They also examine the likelihood of the future use of Small Modular Reactors and whether the UK should be involved with Generation IV technology.

In the second session the Committee explore the Government’s priorities for nuclear energy and how these are reflected in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s civil nuclear strategy.

Witnesses

Tuesday 28 February in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 10.40am

  • Dr Adrian Simper OBE, Technology and Strategy Director, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA)
  • Dr Richard Savage, Chief Nuclear Inspector, Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR)
  • Mr John Donald, Superintending Inspector, Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR)
  • Mr Xavier Mamo, Director R&D UK Centre, EDF Energy

At 11.40am

  • Jesse Norman MP, Minister for Industry and Energy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Professor John Loughhead OBE FREng FTSE Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Mr Craig Lucas, Director of Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Possible questions

Questions likely to be covered in the first session include:

  • Is there sufficient co-ordination between the bodies involved in nuclear research and, if not, how should it be improved?
  • What steps does the Government need to take to ensure the UK has a coherent and consistent long term policy for civil nuclear activities?
  • How do the regulatory and nuclear R&D systems work in other countries and how does that compare to that in the UK?
  • What effect will leaving Euratom have on the UK's participation in long-term nuclear research and development projects?

Questions likely to be covered in the second session include:

  • Does BEIS have a long term strategy for the UK's energy portfolio? If so, how does nuclear energy, including SMRs, fit in to that?
  • What is the Government's intended approach for wider SMR policy?
  • What action can the Government take to clarify the role and remit of National Nuclear Laboratory?
  • Does the Government intend for the UK to be involved in the development of Generation IV technology?

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