Magnox: Early Contract Terminations

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:41 pm on 27th March 2017.

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Photo of Rebecca Long-Bailey Rebecca Long-Bailey Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 3:41 pm, 27th March 2017

The NDA has withdrawn its appeal against the judgment that was handed down in late July last year, so will the Secretary of State explain why this decision has been taken now, why the matter was brought to appeal in the first instance, and whether both actions were sanctioned by him or his predecessor?

The judgment confirmed that the NDA had not acted properly in the tender process, and that it was

“acutely aware that an unsuccessful bidder might challenge the outcome of the competition.”

The court stated that the NDA had fudged the evaluation to achieve a particular outcome. More worryingly, the judge also confirmed that the NDA attempted to get rid of information that might have been detrimental to its case, and there was reference to the shredding of notes. Given the serious nature of the judgment, will the Secretary of State assure the House that there will be full public disclosure of the investigations, and a public hearing? Does he agree that this case has called into question the future operation of the NDA? Will he explain what structural changes are necessary, and when? Can he offer any assurances to Magnox workers?

Finally, the Secretary of State’s written statement confirms:

“It has become clear to the NDA…that there is a significant mismatch between the work that was specified in the contract as tendered in 2012”.

Will he tell the House when he or his predecessor was first aware of that mismatch and whether it would have been apparent from the work that had already been carried out by previous contractors?