The Programme provides funding for a range of nuclear research and training activities that support nuclear safety and security and the decarbonisation of the energy system.
This Proposal covers the period 2021-2025, by which point the UK will have left the EU. It does include provision for non-EU countries to participate in the Programme, however, which is something the UK Government has said it wishes to do.
The Committee therefore decided to write to the Minister to ask for an update on negotiations on post-Brexit participation in the Programme, as well as for clarity on the Government’s concern in relation to a couple of specific aspects of the Proposal.
Update: on 31 October 2018, the Committee considered the Minister’s response to their letter. Members noted that details of the Proposal, and negotiations on it, are not expected until the new year and so wrote to ask the Minister to provide further information at that point.
Update: on 13 March 2019, the Committee considered the Minister’s latest letter. As discussions on key aspects of the Proposal have yet to take place, the Committee decided to retain the Proposal under scrutiny and requested an update once negotiations had progressed.
Update: on 15 January 2020, the Committee considered the Ministers latest letter, which stated that the Government voted in favour of a negotiating position on the Regulation at a Council meeting in November 2019. The Committee acknowledged that this override of the scrutiny reserve was unavoidable in light of the dissolution of Parliament. The Committee responded to the Minister, asking for updates on key issues of contention, the next steps for the Regulation, and confirmation of the Government’s continued intention to seek association to the Programme post-Brexit.
Letters to the Minister
Letter from the Minister