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International Physical Protection Advisory Service

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information (a) his Department and (b) nuclear operators provided to the International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) in support of its visit to Sellafield and Barrow; what conclusions were reached by IPPAS; and if he will place in the Library a redacted copy of the final report by IPPAS.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) Mission Team were presented with a range of background material on the legal and regulatory framework for civil nuclear security by my Department and the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). Sellafield Ltd and International Nuclear Services provided background information on how this framework is implemented at the Sellafield site and Barrow port.

The IPPAS Mission Team concluded that the state of civil nuclear security in the UK is robust; both in the context of the legal and regulatory framework and how this is implemented at Sellafield site and Barrow. The team also identified many examples of good practice in the UK civil nuclear security regime and provided a number of valuable recommendations and suggestions.

The IPPAS Mission Team's report is a security classified document that contains sensitive site-specific security information and it cannot be made publicly available.

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