Department for Energy and Climate Change

Written Answer, Radioactive Materials: Transport – Energy and Climate Change, 3 Feb 2014

Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion, Green)
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which Government departments, non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies hold electronic records of transports of (a) fissile and (b) other radioactive material (i) within the UK, (ii) imported into the UK, (iii) exported from the UK and (iv) moved in transit through the UK.

Michael Fallon (The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills ; Sevenoaks, Conservative)
The Office for Nuclear Regulation, which regulates these transports in the UK, holds certain electronic records relating to the transports, where appropriate. DECC and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department for Transport, Department of Health, Ministry of Defence, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, HM Revenue and Customs, or their relevant agencies, also hold records relating to transports, imports or exports, where appropriate. The Devolved Administrations have similar arrangements. The records may be separate or the same depending on their relevance to the organisation in question.

Written Answer, Radioactive Materials: Transport – Energy and Climate Change, 3 Feb 2014

Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion, Green)
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what transports of radioactive material (a) within the UK, (b) imported into the UK, (c) exported from the UK and (d) moved in transit through the UK there have been in each of the last 10 years; and if he will publish and place in the Library all non-confidential records his Department holds on each such transport.

Michael Fallon (The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills ; Sevenoaks, Conservative)
Over 500,000 packages containing radioactive materials, some of which contain fissile material, are transported to, from and within the UK each year. General information on this can be found on theOffice for Nuclear Regulation’s website at:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/Nuclear/transport/

The Department is routinely informed of only the most significant transports and this information is not made publicly available for security reasons

Written Answer, Plutonium – Energy and Climate Change, 27 Jan 2014

Paul Flynn (Newport West, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what evaluation (a) his Department and (b) the Office for Nuclear Regulation plans to make of the implications for implementation of UK nuclear security policy of the implementation of each of the three options set out in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s paper on Progress on approaches to the management of separated plutonium, published on 20 January 2014.

Michael Fallon (The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills ; Sevenoaks, Conservative)
The next phase of work on options for plutonium management will require the NDA to carry out further work to better understand the technical, commercial and implementation issues associated with all the options for plutonium management. This will include engagement with the Office for Nuclear Regulation and will consider relevant nuclear safety and nuclear security elements of each option.
As we noted in our 2011 consultation response, there will be many steps before we reach the point of taking a final decision on the technology for plutonium disposition. Only when the Government is confident that its preferred option could be implemented safely and securely, that it is affordable, deliverable and offers value for money, will it be in a position to proceed.