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Backbench Business: Carbon Capture and Storage — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I congratulate the hon. Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland (Mr Clarke) on leading today’s this debate and speaking so eloquently about the benefits of carbon capture—and, of course, on throwing a strong pitch for his own constituency into the mix as well. In fact, all Members in this debate have...

Backbench Business: Carbon Capture and Storage — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: I am grateful to the Minister for her short speech, or lecture, about how we should look at Government policy. I believe it is quite common now for us to be told that we should just hope for the best—that we should all be doing a “rah-rah” and saying, “This is all going to be great in the future”. No amount of deflection from the Minister will get away from the...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: The principle of simplifying the social security system is a good one, but surely that should mean simplifying it for the people who depend on it, such as my constituent Mhairi, who made 26 entries in her journal without any response before we had to get involved as an MP’s office. In 2013, Inverness was a pilot area for universal credit. We have a simple view. We thought we would see...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: Will my hon. Friend give way?

International Investment (17 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for an advance copy of his statement. The Scottish National party supports measures that best protect our citizens and measures that relate to national security. However, it is not clear why these proposals have been brought forward now, so can the right hon. Gentleman tell us why now, and what the UK Government’s long-term strategy is? We also...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for allowing me to respond. Does he accept that the industry would prefer to stay in Euratom or have an associate membership to “alternative arrangements”?

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: The hon. Gentleman rightly points out where he disagrees with politicians of other places or has criticisms of them, but will he withdraw his earlier remark about the SNP criticising civil servants, which we have never done? All we have done is criticise the failure of this Government.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: I am interested in the hon. Gentleman’s comments. Does he, then, disagree with the Nuclear Industry Association? It has said: “Leaving the Euratom Treaty without alternative arrangements in place would have a dramatic impact on the nuclear industry including the UK’s new build plans, existing operations and the waste and decommissioning sector which all depend, to some...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving me the opportunity to clarify. The key is in the final part of the quote, which talks about the impact on existing operations and the waste and decommissioning sectors. That cannot be carried forward by the Bill in isolation, and there are many unanswered questions.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: My hon. Friend makes a key point about the breadth of issues that are not covered by the Bill’s narrow focus. Government Members would like to separate safety issues and the unanswered questions that are legion here tonight, but that is the real problem.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: Will the hon. Gentleman advise us what kind of transition he would propose?

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: It is woefully typical of the approach of this Government that despite their intention to abandon Euratom, this Bill falls significantly short of dealing with vital issues for the UK’s nuclear future. Without any confirmation of a transitionary deal, Ministers have left a host of unanswered questions around nuclear safety. The nuclear industry, the medical profession, our research...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: It is very important that the unanswered questions are dealt with in this insufficient Bill—[Interruption.] Well, a lot of people will be concerned about the implications of what is not covered in this discussion, some of which I intend to cover. With regard to nuclear safety, it is critical that we continue membership—or, at the very least, associate membership—of Euratom....

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: I am going to make some headway. In Scotland, we are already showing what can be achieved by renewable energy. New storage solutions for renewables are developing further access to the vast potential from offshore wind and tidal, meaning that an abundance of low-cost, clean energy will be generated. In contrast, this Government continue to chase the folly of new nuclear such as the white...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his contribution, but he highlights the fact that we have not seen that legal opinion or any indication that it is watertight. We should have the opportunity to see it; perhaps it will be forthcoming as a result of this debate.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: No, I am going to make some progress. As I was saying, in Scotland, although we are working towards a nuclear-free future, we have to maintain safety at existing facilities. The current challenges exist in the other nations of the UK; indeed, they are multiplied by this Government’s obsession with pursuing costly and dangerous new nuclear. That obsession has put nuclear at the heart of...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: What we would support is a sensible approach to maintaining either full or associate membership of Euratom. The European regulator oversees nuclear matters as diverse as plutonium storage and medically vital radiotherapy supplies. For example, our membership of the Fusion for Energy programme allows the UK to receive contracts. So far, the UK supply chain has been awarded contracts worth...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: I agree that there are clearly unanswered questions about the legal position, which has not been challenged, exercised fully or even debated to any degree. Not only are our safety standards, research opportunities and business at risk, but we may see the most dramatic and negative effects of any withdrawal in the medical field.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Drew Hendry: No, I am going to make a bit of progress. In its paper on radioisotopes and Brexit, the Royal College of Radiologists outlines the crucial role that radioisotopes play in medical advances. The majority of the UK’s supply of radioisotopes, used in scanning and the systemic and internal treatment of a wide range of cancers, is imported from Europe and further afield. The most commonly...


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