The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee is inviting contributions to its new inquiry into priorities for nuclear research and technologies. In 2011 the Committee investigated whether the UK’s research and development (R&D) capabilities were sufficient to meet the country’s nuclear energy needs in the future, ensuring a safe and secure supply of nuclear energy up to 2050. This inquiry, announced today, will now “revisit” some of the conclusions and recommendations of that report and investigate whether the government’s actions in response have improved the UK’s nuclear R&D capabilities, the Committee said. It will also explore “what more needs to be done” to ensure the UK can meet its future nuclear energy requirements. The Committee will look specifically at the upcoming decision by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on a small modular reactor (SMR) design for the UK; whether the roles and remit of the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) are “appropriate”; and if the Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board (Nirab) was successful.
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