Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Commons Second Reading

16 October 2017

MPs debated the Second Reading of the Nuclear Safeguards Bill in the House of Commons on Monday 16 October 2017.

Second Reading

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, opened the debate on Second Reading of the Bill. Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Rebecca Long Bailey, responded on behalf of the Opposition.

The Bill passed Second Reading without a division and has now been committed to a Public Bill Committee. The Committee will meet on a date yet to be announced.

The Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017-19

Summary of the Bill

The Nuclear Safeguards Bill aims to:

  • Create the legal framework for a nuclear safeguards regime to operate in the United Kingdom to replace the current legal framework provided principally by the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Atomic Energy Community ("Euratom").
  • Amend the Energy Act 2013 ("the 2013 Act") to replace the existing nuclear safeguards purposes of the Office of Nuclear Regulation ("ONR").
  • Provide powers to the Secretary of State to make nuclear safeguards regulations, which will set out the detail of the domestic regime for nuclear safeguards.
  • Provide a regulation-making power to the Secretary of State to amend certain legislation (including primary legislation) which make reference to parts of existing agreements on nuclear safeguards between the IAEA and the United Kingdom.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Nuclear Safeguards Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

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