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Energy: Nuclear Reactors

Volume 693: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans the Health and Safety Executive has to involve private sector experts in the regulators' generic design assessment of new nuclear power stations.[HL4507]

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is discussing with several organisations the possibility of their providing technical and scientific advice to the HSE in relation to, among other things, new nuclear power station designs. Even if such advice is provided, the responsibility for carrying out generic design assessments and for making regulatory decisions will remain with the HSE.