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TRADE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE

COMMITTEE OFFICE     HOUSE OF COMMONS   
7 MILLBANK     LONDON SW1P 3JA

Telephone: 020 7219 5777/5779

PN 17 of Session 2005-06

PRESS NOTICE: NEW INQUIRY

The Work of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

The Trade and Industry Committee today announced an inquiry into the work of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), both Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).  This will be the second of a number of inquiries which the Committee intends to conduct into the DTI's Executive Agencies and NDPBs.

The NDA was established in April 2005 under the Energy Act 2004 to take strategic responsibility for the UK's nuclear legacy.  Its core objective is to ensure that the 20 civil public sector nuclear sites under its ownership are decommissioned and cleaned up safely, securely, cost effectively and in ways that protect the environment.

The UKAEA manages the restoration of sites used for the UK's nuclear research and development programme, under contract to the NDA.  It is also responsible for the UK's input into the European fusion research programme.

During the course of its inquiry the Committee will consider issues such as:

  • The remit and activities of the NDA and UKAEA;

  • The compatibility of current plans for the NDA and UKAEA with any increased reliance on nuclear power generation;

  • The NDA and UKAEA's performance and accountability; and

  • Any further relevant matters.

The Committee would welcome written evidence on these or any related issues by Friday 27 January 2006. Details of oral evidence hearings will be announced after that date.

If possible, written evidence should take the form of a memorandum with numbered paragraphs and should be submitted, as a MS Word document, by e mail to [email protected] with a single hard copy sent to the Clerk at the address above.

For further information please contact the Committee Office on 020 7219 5777/ 5779.

14 December 2005

ENDS