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Nuclear Power: Security

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how the Government plans to strengthen the capacities of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Nuclear Security Fund, as indicated at paragraph 4.21 of the National Security Strategy of the United Kingdom, Cm 7291. (196829)

The UK is a contributor to the Nuclear Security Fund (NSF) and provides a cost free UK expert to the fund. The UK seeks to further strengthen delivery mechanisms within the NSF by improving internal IAEA efficiency. We intend to do this by providing continuing assessment and feedback on project progress, exploring means to overcome difficulties and by encouraging the agency to streamline its operations. We will seek to feed our experience of working with the NSF into the current ‘2020 Review’ of the Agency’s operations.