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March 11th PAC Hearing On Sellafield

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

GMB Call For Answers On Costs At Sellafield At Public Accounts Committee Hearing In Parliament On 11th March

Union has been absolutely clear all along that the NMP model did not and will not work at Sellafield says GMB.

GMB, the union for workers in the nuclear industry, commented on the statement from Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) that the cost of cleaning up the nuclear waste at Sellafield has risen to £53 billion in February 2015, from £48 billion on 31 March 2014. See notes to editors for copy of the statement dated 4th March.

Chris Jukes, GMB regional officer, said "GMB has been absolutely clear all along that the NMP model did not and will not work at Sellafield.

Poor value for money, poor top NMP management and a lack of grip on key issues in an essential area for the UK energy sector as well as the UK economy, have led for instance to unbelievable decisions on expenditure.

The Public Accounts Committee has undertaken some important work of scrutiny and we expect answers from NMP to some basic questions for our members in Sellafield, their families and communities. We will publish some of these questions before the PAC hearing due on March 11th."

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Contact: Gary Smith 07710 618 909 or Chris Jukes 07870 176 733 or 0191 233 3930 or GMB press office 07921 289880

Notes to editors

Committee of Public Accounts - A statement from the Chair -  Wednesday 4 March 2015

NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE: PROGRESS ON THE SELLAFIELD SITE: AN UPDATE

A statement from The Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts:

Despite my Committee’s calls in February 2014 for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to make big improvements, the cost of cleaning up the nuclear waste at Sellafield continues to soar and has risen by an astonishing £5 billion to £53 billion in February 2015, from £48 billion on 31 March 2014.

The Authority’s work at Sellafield is not just costing more, it is also taking much longer than planned and, for 2014-15, it looks like work will be behind schedule for the fourth year running.

It has taken far too long for the Authority to deal with management incompetence at Sellafield. My Committee concluded in February 2014 that the Authority had not demonstrated why Nuclear Management Partners’ ownership of Sellafield provides value for money. Yet the Authority only took the decision in January 2015 to terminate this contract with Nuclear Management Partners, which is almost a year after my Committee told it to do so if performance did not improve.  It is galling that breaking the contract will cost the public purse £430,000.

I expect the Authority, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Nuclear Management Partners and Sellafield Ltd to tell me how the escalation in cost of cleaning up Sellafield will be stopped and performance put back on track, when they appear before my Committee on 11 March.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Media Enquiries: Janet Coull Trisic, 020 7219 3274, 07917 488 549, coulltrisicj@parliament.uk

 

 

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