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Geological Disposal Implementation Board

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) on what date the Geological Disposal Implementation Board was set up; (242488)

(2) what the budget for the Geological Disposal Implementation Board is in (a) 2008-09 and (b) each of the next five financial years.

The Geological Disposal Implementation Board (GDIB) is a civil servant programme board set up in October 2008 to manage the Government and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) arrangements for planning and delivery of a geological disposal facility as set out in the White Paper ‘Managing Radioactive Waste Safety: a Framework for Implementing Geological Disposal’. The board is a means by which civil servants from the relevant Government Departments can discuss the programme and prepare and present advice to Ministers. As such, the board does not have its own budget.

Organisations represented on GDIB are the Department of Energy and Climate Change, HM Treasury, the Welsh Assembly Government and the NDA as the Government's delivery body.

Other Government Departments, regulatory bodies and other organisations can be invited to contribute to supporting work.