House of Lords Science and Technology Committee

Radioactive Waste Management

The Select Committee has finished its follow-up inquiry, chaired by Lord Broers, into radioactive waste management focusing on the final report and recommendations of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM), published in July 2006, and Government's response to the report published in October 2006. The inquiry's remit was, inter alia, to look at plans for implementing CoRWM's recommendations and the planned Government consultation on a geological disposal framework.

The Report was published on 3 June 2007. A press release has been issued.

The Government Response was issued on 25 June 2007. It is available as html or pdf versions.

The Select Committee has a long standing interest in the subject of radioactive waste management. Previous reports on this subject include Management of Nuclear Waste, 3rd Report, Session 1998-99 (HL Paper 41); Managing Radioactive Waste: the Government's consultation, 1st Report, Session 2001-02 (HL Paper 36) and, most recently, Radioactive Waste Management, 5th Report, Session 2003-04 (HL Paper 200).

On 16 January 2007, the Committee met in public to hear evidence from CoRWM and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. On 29 January, oral evidence was taken from Ian Pearson MP, Minister for Climate Change and the Environment.

For further information please contact the Committee Specialist, Cathleen Schulte, either by telephone 020 7219 2491; fax 020 7219 4931; or email