Future of the Nuclear Industry in the North West €” terms of reference

The North West Regional Select Committee of the House of Commons is seeking written evidence for its second inquiry on the Future of the Nuclear Industry in the North West.

On Monday 9 November the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change published the Draft National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation (EN-6). The statement included proposals for ten new nuclear power stations in the UK, four of which are in the North West region (Sellafield, Heysham, Braystones and Kirksanton).

The Committee would welcome views on the following:

€ the effect of expanding the nuclear industry on the North West, including the impact on: the economy, jobs, skills, local and regional business and the environment;

€ the role of regional universities and education bodies in supporting the nuclear industry in the region;

€ what support is needed to maximise the potential benefits for businesses in the region;

€ what improvements to the regional infrastructure will be needed, including during the construction phase;

€ what are the arguments for and against each of the proposed four sites announced on Monday 9 November;

€ what lessons can be learnt from earlier commissioning experiences; and

the role of regional bodies, and partnership arrangements between such bodies, in maximising the potential benefits and minimising the negative impacts of expanding the nuclear industry in the North West.

Submissions should be received by the Committee by 5 January 2010.

Please note
A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to regionalcommittees@parliament.uk and marked "North West Regional Committee Inquiry". The Committee's strong preference is for submissions in electronic form, although hard copy originals will be accepted and should be sent to:
Emma Sawyer,
Senior Committee Assistant
Regional Committees
House of Commons
7 Millbank
London SW1P 3JA

Each submission should:
€ be no more than 3,000 words in length;
€ begin with a short summary in bullet point form;
€ have numbered paragraphs; and
€ (if in electronic form) be in Word format or a rich text format with as little use of colour or logos as possible.

For Data Protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals submitting written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please supply a postal address so that a copy of the Committee's report can be sent to you upon publication.

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/witnessguide.pdf . Please also note that once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee will normally, although not always, choose to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.