Trudy Harrison: What recent assessment he has made of the resilience of flood defences in Cumbria.
Trudy Harrison: I am grateful for that response. However, £800,000 was pledged for my community in Braithwaite, which was devastated in Storm Desmond. Two years on, can the Minister please confirm when the work will be completed for that village?
Trudy Harrison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government has made an estimate of the number of Daesh fighters and supporters who have returned to the UK from both Iraq and Syria since January 2017.
Trudy Harrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to ensure that water companies invest in flood mitigation.
Trudy Harrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Government has invested in Cumbria to reduce the risk of flooding downstream of reservoirs in each of the last five years.
Trudy Harrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she has taken to increase the number of technical apprenticeships.
Trudy Harrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many young people are undertaking (a) technical and (b) non-technical apprenticeships.
Trudy Harrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to provide incentives to suppliers to use small and medium-sized enterprises directly involved in the supply chain for the nuclear industry.
Trudy Harrison: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the current safeguarding inspectors are members of the Prospect union? I have had sight of the job specification for our new nuclear safeguards workers. They require a degree, knowledge of nuclear material and potentially developed vetting clearance. Much of that is already present among the staff at Sellafield and across the 17 Nuclear Decommissioning...
Trudy Harrison: Q May I ask for clarification? You say they already are: will there be some kind of appraisal of the staff skills, knowledge and qualifications required to carry out the function of Euratom in the UK, to determine what skills are required?
Trudy Harrison: Q I absolutely share your pride in our nuclear industry, and I am certainly looking forward to the future. In terms of the expertise that we already have in this country, my constituency alone has 14,500 Nuclear Industry Association members and 10,000 staff working at Sellafield, many with the skills to lend themselves to being nuclear inspectors. Indeed, the 17 Nuclear Decommissioning...
Trudy Harrison: Q So that critical path when there is project management talk about with what steps need to be taken on what date and by whom.
Trudy Harrison: Q Just changing tone slightly, I notice, Kevin, that you have a reference to concern around radioactive isotopes. I do not share that concern. I do not understand why you think this is relevant to Euratom, because they are not fissile material. I have not heard of anyone using plutonium or uranium in medical practice. I wonder, if they have not been risk-assessed by the IAEA, why you would...
Trudy Harrison: To declare my interest, my husband and various other family members work at Sellafield in my constituency of Copeland. I have heard loud and clear that there is a need for a critical path for us all to have sight of, to understand how this process is running, and also the transition period. I think it would be helpful to understand what outcomes we would need from that transition period from...
Trudy Harrison: Q We have heard examples of how we need it; are there examples of why other countries need it in place, for their own benefit?
Trudy Harrison: Q With regard to the ownership of fissile material, I understand that Euratom actually owns the plutonium at Sellafield. Therefore is it not in the European Union’s interests to be co-operative, because would it really want that material sent back to it?
Trudy Harrison: Q Because it would be practically impossible to do so?
Trudy Harrison: Q Who owns it?
Trudy Harrison: Q But who currently owns the material?
Trudy Harrison: Q That is certainly my understanding: that Euratom owns all of the fissile material in the UK in the civil nuclear industry.