North MSP receives Reassurances on Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s Budget

5 June 2007


Highlands and Islands Regional Labour MSP Peter Peacock has received a response from Lord Truscott, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy on funding for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Peter Peacock had written to the Trade and Industry Secretary in March this year, after meeting with and hearing the concerns of trade union representatives at Dounreay.

There was concern that although there is re-assurance that potential reductions for the coming year have been avoided, there none the less, remained concerns that the three year horizon for budgets had not been given.

The union representatives were also troubled about long term planning associated with decommissioning.

Mr Peacock said, "I was pleased to receive the letter from Lord Truscott in which he confirmed that, following discussions with the NDA, he had settled the NDA’s programme budget for 2007/8 of £2.472 bn, a small increase on the previous year.

"Lord Truscott also stressed there had never been any question of cuts to the budget and had noted my comments on the need for the NDA to be able to plan long term.

"The Under Secretary confirmed that officials are in discussion with the NGA in the context of the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007, which will set the budgets for the three years from 2008/9.

"He added that the NDA’s decommissioning and clean up programme is of enormous importance and should be funded appropriately. I was reassured by the overall tenor of the letter."

Mr Peacock added, "When Gordon Brown takes over as Prime Minister later this month there is likely to be Ministerial changes and I will be approach the Trade and Industry Secretary to strongly press the very sensible points the local workforce made to me about their concerns for the future planning and the steady flow of the decommissioning work."


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