Nuclear Power: Risk Management

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 6th July 2018.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Co-Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the news article on red warnings for UK’s post-Brexit nuclear safeguards published by Sky News on 16 May, what the basis is for the five areas of nuclear safeguard being categorised by the Office for Nuclear Regulation as high level risk on departure from the EU; what steps he is taking to reduce the risk in those areas; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Richard Harrington Richard Harrington Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Significant progress has been made in our preparations to leave Euratom, including ensuring domestic nuclear safeguards can be in place from day one of exit. The Government continues to work closely with the Office for Nuclear Regulation as we put in place the measures needed to ensure continuity for the nuclear sector. This includes identifying high level risks for discussion and/or escalation within programme management governance processes. The basis for particular risk ratings and descriptions is constantly evolving as part of project delivery.

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