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Nuclear Security and Nuclear Safeguards

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

With effect from 1 April 2007, the security activities of the Office for Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS) will be performed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on behalf of the Health and Safety Commission. The operational nuclear safeguards work of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will also be carried out by the HSE with effect from the same date. The staff in both areas will transfer to the HSE with their work.

The aim of these arrangements is to consolidate the safety, security and safeguards activities of the Government in a single organisation, consistent with the thrust of the recommendations of the 2005 Hampton Report, so as to enable more effective and better co-ordinated regulation of the industry, and to enable the more effective deployment of resources. DTI will remain responsible for nuclear safety, security and safeguards policy. The HSE will operate under Memorandums of Understanding agreed with the DTI, one for safeguards and one for security.