Lords Committee takes evidence on risks and benefits of nuclear energy

06 July 2011

The Lords Science and Technology Committee will hear from Japanese Atomic Energy Commission & UK Science Minister during a number of evidence sessions.

The committee will hear evidence this week for its inquiry into UK nuclear research and development capabilities.


  • Science Minister, Rt Hon David Willetts MP, on Tuesday 5 July at 15.10
  • Atomic safety experts on Wednesday 6 July at 10.40
  • Experts on the social impact of nuclear energy, and public perceptions on Wednesday 6 July at 11.40.


The committee will explore areas including

  • The Minister's plans to address the UK's ageing nuclear workforce
  • The implications of Japan's Fukushima nuclear station crisis for nuclear safety in the UK, and what research is needed, both nationally and internationally, to further improve nuclear safety
  • How the risks and benefits of nuclear energy are communicated to the public and how the public are involved in dialogue about future energy policies

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