Trudy Harrison: I thank the Minister for his comments, which were both reassuring and helpful for all of us who speak positively about the nuclear industry. I will come on to the comments by my SNP colleagues, because I welcome them and the challenge of the hon. Members for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Drew Hendry) and for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Alan Brown). There was quite a lot that I agreed...
Trudy Harrison: It is actually only an extra 13,000 workers. We currently have 87,000 workers in the UK and it will be taken up to 100,000 by 2021.
Trudy Harrison: I beg to move, That this House has considered the nuclear sector deal. Thank you for your chairmanship this morning, Mr Owen. I believe this is the first time I have served under your chairmanship and it is a pleasure to do so, especially as I know you have spoken often and enthusiastically about the nuclear sector and Wylfa’s Hitachi Horizon investment, which I also look forward to. I...
Trudy Harrison: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. There is huge scope for small and medium reactors in Britain. Perhaps even more importantly, there is the opportunity for us to export skills in manufacturing and the deployment of modular reactors across the globe. But SMRs alone will not keep the lights on. To ensure that we deal with the reality of an ageing network of existing nuclear reactors,...
Trudy Harrison: This is a brilliant day and I am delighted that the Government are demonstrating their recognition of our nuclear sector. I was particularly pleased to see the reference to 40% more females working in the industry by 2030, and I hope the Minister will join me in acknowledging the work that the women in nuclear do, but also the barriers, because often, nuclear licensed sites are in coastal,...
Trudy Harrison: Q Do you have any concerns about differences of opinion between the expert assessors in assessing whether something would be exempt or not?
Trudy Harrison: Yes.
Trudy Harrison: Q Do you feel that the classifications are clear enough for there to be a unity of assessment?
Trudy Harrison: Q I feel that I should declare an interest as a pianist and the owner of a piano that may or may not have ivory keys—I have been doing some research, and they are not solid ivory keys but wooden keys with potentially ivory coating. This brings me to my question. You said that you believe that a 20% de minimis threshold would cover most commonly played and traded instruments, but what...
Trudy Harrison: What about post-1947 musical instruments with more than 20% ivory?
Trudy Harrison: Q Is there any danger that the ivory from musical instruments could be collected and used in some way to make another object?
Trudy Harrison: Q I understand that the instrument would be sacrificed, but could you imagine a market where people took the very small proportion of ivory from instruments to craft an object?
Trudy Harrison: You have already explained that the UK Border Force is globally recognised, particularly around the illegal wildlife trade. Have the practices used by the UK Border Force been adopted by other countries around the worldQ ?
Trudy Harrison: Q How do you identify the difference between elephant ivory and any other ivory?
Trudy Harrison: Q It sounds as if raw ivory—if that is how we might term it—is easier to identify, but once it has been crafted into an object, does that become much more difficult?
Trudy Harrison: We heard earlier that the price of elephant ivory had reduced from $2,200 to $450 a kilo. What has the impact been on ivory from other species? Do we know about thatQ ?
Trudy Harrison: Q How difficult is to differentiate between ivory from an elephant and ivory from another species?