Nuclear Power: France

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the UK-France Declaration on Nuclear Energy of 31 January 2014, what the dates and themes have been of the joint meetings held between respective national ministries, regulators, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary and the Gendarmerie to date; what decisions were taken and what actions arose; and what the cost has been of such co-operation since May 2010.

Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills , Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Minister of State for Portsmouth

Representatives of the UK and France met on 11 January and 14 June 2013. The theme each time was respective security frameworks. It was agreed that the main steering group would meet annually and that between these meetings working groups would further exchange best practice on cross-cutting civil nuclear security matters, for example covering physical security and guarding. Costs to DECC so far are approximately £2,400.

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