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Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) project managers and (b) administration managers have been recruited to the generic design assessment (GDA) team for new nuclear build; and what the cost has been to date of conducting the nuclear GDA. (253965)

I have been asked to reply.

Generic Design Assessment (GDA) of potential new nuclear power stations is being undertaken by both the Nuclear Directorate of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and by the Environment Agency. From the start of this work in 2007 up to the end of 2008, the costs recovered from the companies requesting the assessment was £5.84 million for work undertaken by HSE and I am informed by the Environment Agency that their recovered costs for the same period were £1.72 million. Both regulators’ costs will continue to be fully recovered for work assessing the two designs which are being taken through the final stages of GDA.

To help with the management of the GDA project, HSE’s Nuclear Directorate employs four staff on project management activities. Three are on contract: two from an external agency, one from the Health and Safety Laboratory, and one was appointed from existing HSE resource. The head of the Environment Agency’s GDA team was appointed from within the Agency’s existing cadre, and acts as project manager for his team’s work. One administration manager has been seconded into the HSE GDA team from another Government Department.