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Nuclear Power: Consultants

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which external consultants have been engaged by (a) the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate and (b) the Nuclear Directorate in connection with the generic design assessment. (242506)

I have been asked to reply.

The Nuclear Installations Inspectorate of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has engaged the following main group of external consultants in connection with the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) work:

IAEA

Washington E&C Ltd.

EPRI

Health Protection Agency

Morson International

Imperial College London

OECD-NEA

AMEC

Atkins Nuclear

A number of individuals have been engaged to form the Project Review Board, namely Mr. David Hughes, Professor John Raine, Mr. Bernard Whittle and Mr. Phillip Woodward. Additionally Mr. James Furness has been engaged as Project Assurance Officer.

It is the intention of the HSE's NII to employ other Technical Support Contractors throughout the GDA process to aid in the provision of supplementary data and information on the reactor designs. HSE are currently undertaking an open procurement process in line with EU guidance/regulations to identify and appoint such contractors.