Nuclear Power: Safety

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

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Photo of Rachel Reeves Rachel Reeves Chair, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on data security of the manual contingency for nuclear safeguards calculations and reporting.

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

The development of the Safeguards Information Management and Reporting IT System (SIMRS) is on track for testing and operations by the end of 2018. SIMRS will enable the ONR to manage and process the electronic Nuclear Materials Accountancy reports from its dutyholders and submit these, along with other relevant safeguards reports to the IAEA to enable the UK to meet its international obligations, once Euratom safeguards no longer provide this function in the UK. As a contingency measure in the unlikely event that SIMRS is not ready by 29 March 2019, these reports can be manually downloaded by ONR for submission to the IAEA.

All information processed by ONR, whether through SIMRS, or manually, will be handled in accordance with standard control measures for Sensitive Nuclear Information, according to its specific security classification. ONR has well established processes for handling Sensitive Nuclear Information through their role as the safety and security regulator of the civil nuclear industry.

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