MIL-OSI UK: Lords examines EU Exit regulations

Source: British House Of Lords News

21 January 2019
The House of Lords examines 10 statutory instruments preparing for Brexit on Tuesday 22 January.

A statutory instrument (SI), a type of secondary legislation, is a law created under powers given by an Act of Parliament. It is used to fill in the details of Acts (primary legislation). 
The SIs examined on Tuesday 22 January are all made under the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018, and are changes to the law to be made in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
The proposed SIs make changes to laws on:
financial services, funds and investments
safety standards for protection from ionising radiation
shipments of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel
nuclear safeguards
invasive non-native species
floods and water
All these SIs are made under the draft affirmative procedure, meaning they need to be approved by Parliament before they can be made (signed into law) and brought into effect as law. Draft affirmative SIs can be stopped if either House votes against the government’s motion calling for the SI to be approved.
Lords scrutiny
The House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (SLSC) examines every SI, including all EU Exit SIs. It publishes reports drawing members’ attention to SIs.
SLSC Sub-Committee B reported on both SIs making changes to laws on nuclear safeguards:
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MIL-OSI UK: Government statement following blow to UK nuclear future

Source: British Parliament News

17 January 2019
Greg Clark, the Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy  addressed the Commons concerning the UKs nuclear future following the announcement that Hitachi have suspended development of a nuclear power station on Anglesey.

The £20bn Wylfa Newydd plant on Anglesey was expected to be operational by the mid 2020s and create 9000 jobs in the area.
Hitachi said they would keep the option open for future development but that at this time, “from the viewpoint of its economic rationality”, the estimated annual cost of 600bn yen in operational costs and losses was not viable.
This is a second blow to the UK Nuclear energy industry, after Toshiba withdrew from a proposed nuclear power project in Moorside Cumbria. This means only one of three planned new nuclear power stations, at Hinkley Point in Somerset, is still in development with all but one of the UK’s current nuclear stations due to be offllined by 2030.
The Government has been in conversations with Hitachi, a Japanese firm, for some months, but has been unable to reach an agreement.
Addressing the Commons, Greg Clark said,

“Nuclear has an important role to play, as part of a diverse energy mix, but it must be at a price that is fair to electricity bill payers and to taxpayers. We will work closely with Hitachi and the industry, to ensure that we find the best means of financing these and other new nuclear projects.” 

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MIL-OSI UK: FCO Official and nuclear diplomacy experts give evidence to Committee

Source: British Parliament News

17 December 2018
The International Relations Committee takes evidence on rising tensions between nuclear armed states and the fragmenting of existing non-proliferation and arms control agreements.

Witnesses
Wednesday 19 October in Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster
At 10.40am
Ms Sarah Price, Acting Director for Defence and International Security, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
At 11.40am
Ms Shatabhisha Shetty, Deputy Director, European Leadership Network
Mr Paul Ingram, Executive Director, British American Security Information Council
Possible questions
How do you see the current state of global nuclear diplomacy, and to what extent has it been challenged in recent years?
Ahead of the 2020 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) what are the government’s priorities?
To what extent is the development of new technologies affecting the established non-proliferation and disarmament regimes?
How effectively has the UK responded to challenges to the global nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime, including the US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal?
How has the UK’S approach to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament developed since the entry into force of the NPT, in particular in recent years?
What recommendations would you make to the Government on how to approach these issues ahead of the 2020 Review Conference?
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MIL-OSI UK: How green was the Budget?

Source: British Parliament News

12 December 2018
The Environmental Audit Committee holds a one-off session to scrutinise the green credentials of the Government’s proposals for tax changes and spending commitments outlined in the 2018 Budget, as well as asking what the Government missed out in light of the Clean Growth Strategy.

Witnesses
Wednesday 12 December 2018, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
At 14.15
Nick Molho, Executive Director, Aldersgate Group
Julian Kirby, Lead Plastics-Free Campaigner, Friends of the Earth
Josh Burke, Policy Fellow, UK Climate and Energy Policy, Grantham Research Institute  
At 15.15
Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary, HM Treasury
Philip Duffy, Director, Enterprise and Growth Unit, HM Treasury
Neil Kenward, Deputy Director, Energy, Environment and Agriculture, HM Treasury
Anne-Therese Farmer, Deputy Director, Energy and Transport Tax, HM Treasury
The Budget has been criticised for being light on environmental commitments. In particular, the absence of a latte levy, a 25p charge on disposable cups, has been a surprise to the Committee.
MPs inquired into the matter last year, and their recommendations for a disposable cups charge followed the successful introduction of a charge on plastic bags, which saw significant reductions in their usage. Government plans to consult on a single-use plastics tax, as well as frozen fuel duty are also likely to be considered during the evidence session.
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