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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what matters were discussed and what decisions taken at the Nuclear Industry Council meeting on 10 July 2013; when full minutes of the meeting will be published on his Department's website; what invitations have been offered to interested stakeholders to attend meetings of the Council as observers; and how long he and other Ministers of his Department were in attendance at the meeting.
The matters discussed were Skills, Trade and Investment, Business Capability, Cost Reduction and Public Understanding of Nuclear Energy. The decision was taken that workstreams for each of the areas above will be established.
Invitations to join as observers were issued at the time of the establishment of the NIC to the Office for Nuclear Regulation, the Environment Agency and the Welsh Government. At the second meeting the UK Nuclear Research Councils were also represented as observers.
The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Mr Davey, and I are co-chairs of the NIC alongside Lord Hurton (Chair of the Nuclear Industry Association). Unfortunately, due to a prior engagement I was only able to attend the second half of the meeting. The Secretary of State was in attendance for the duration of the meeting.