Inquiry into Nuclear research and development capabilities: Engineering the Future comments to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology.
A number of recent decisions taken by the government show the lack of a coherent strategy for nuclear R&D capabilities within the UK and the reluctance to fund anything associated with nuclear energy even if this was detrimental to the national interest or the changing policy landscape. A plan or roadmap for nuclear energy which enables a research portfolio to be articulated and funded should be developed urgently and owned within a responsible part of government. Currently the UK’s nuclear R&D capabilities are inadequate and in danger of declining further without increased investment. However, the UK has in the National Nuclear Laboratory both people and facilities that are world class, and a number of universities that offer courses in nuclear engineering.
Submission Details Submitted on 05 May 2011 to House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology