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Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2009, Official Report, columns 1516-7W, on the United Nations Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, by what means the fundamental principle on confidentiality of information will be implemented; and what criteria will be used to determine whether certain categories of nuclear material are subject to the provisions of the physical protection regime in the amendment to the Convention published as Cm 7685 in July 2009. (296889)

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The Fundamental Principle on Confidentiality is already implemented in the UK through the provisions on protecting sensitive nuclear information contained in the Nuclear Industries Security Regulations 2003.

The criteria for determining whether information is releasable (and hence not requiring to be protected as sensitive nuclear information) are set out in the “Finding a Balance” document published on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website. The objective of this document is to prevent the disclosure of sensitive nuclear information that could assist a person or group planning theft, blackmail, sabotage and other malevolent or illegal acts.