Nuclear Weapons

Defence written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what sanctions the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator is able to impose in the event of inadequate arrangements for compliance with regulatory standards for defence nuclear programmes.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator (DNSR), in accordance with the Ministry of Defence's Joint Services Publications, is able to impose the following sanctions:

Type of sanction Explanation
Finding Imposed when an issue is considered to have an impact on safety, and on which a response, within an agreed timescale, is required.
Safety Improvement Notice Imposed if a Finding has a significant impact on safety or if a response to a Finding is inadequate. Action required and the period allowed for resolution is agreed with DNSR.
Immediate Safety Requirement (ISR) Imposed if an outstanding Finding or a new Finding has an immediate impact on safety. An ISR requires immediate action and may result in the shutdown of a plant, operation or process, until the ISR has been resolved.

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