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Industrial Health and Safety: Nuclear Power

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the budget of the Nuclear Directorate of the Health and Safety Executive (a) was in each of the last five financial years, (b) is in 2008-09 and (c) will be in each of the next five financial years; (255929)

(2) what the budget of (a) the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, (b) the Office for Civil Nuclear Security and (c) the Health and Safety Executive Nuclear Directorate (i) is for 2008-09 and (ii) was for each of the last five financial years.

The budgets for 2008-09 and for each of the last five years are set out in the following table:

£ million

2008-091

2007-082

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

2003-04

Nuclear Installations Inspectorate

25.389

21.844

19.034

19.203

18.215

3n/a

Office for Civil Nuclear Security4

2.867

2.481

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Nuclear Directorate5

28.256

24.977

19.643

19.881

19.252

19.397

n/a = Not available

1 The figures for 2008-09 are for budgets.

2 The figures for 2007-08 to 2003-04 are for outturns.

3 The figure for 2003-04 for the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate are unavailable other than at disproportionate cost to HSE.

4 The Office for Civil Nuclear Security was transferred to HSE on 1 April 2007 from the then Department for Trade and Industry.

5 Some 97 per cent. of ND’s direct costs and overheads are recovered through charges to industry under the Nuclear Installations Act 1965 and Health and Safety (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2007. Since 2007-08 this has also included 100 per cent. recovery of the Office for Civil Nuclear Security direct costs and overheads recovered under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, the Energy Act 2004, the extant security provisions of the Nuclear Installations Act 1965 (as amended) and, in respect of nuclear material, the Import of Goods (Control) Order 1954. These costs exclude the HSE central service costs.

Nuclear Directorate’s (ND) indicative budget for 2009-10 is £36.4 million1; and for 2010/11, £37 million1. ND’s budget beyond 2010-11 has not yet been set.

1 ND’s indicative budgets for 2009-10 and 2010-11 were revised in January 2009 to reflect the forecast costs of ND’s transition to a statutory corporation. The figures will be further revised to reflect the outcome of HSE’s pay negotiations with its trades unions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the budget of (a) the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, (b) the Office for Civil Nuclear Security and (c) the Health and Safety Executive Nuclear Directorate is allocated to (i) staffing costs and (ii) transport costs. (256001)

The answer is provided in the following table.

Percentage

Financial year 2007-081

Nuclear Installations Inspectorate

Office for Civil Nuclear Security

Nuclear Directorate

Staffing costs2

76

61

75

Transport costs3

6

10

7

1 The percentages are calculated based on the outturns for the last full financial year, rounded to the nearest whole number.

2 Staffing costs cover permanent staff payroll costs and the cost of staff substitutes such as agency workers.

3 Transport costs cover travel and subsistence, official vehicle hire and detached duty costs both in the UK and internationally.