§ Mr. Hall-Davis
asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many times the Nuclear Safety Advisory Committee has met since the enactment of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act; what are its current terms of reference and membership; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Benn
During 1975 the Nuclear Safety Advisory Committee has met four times, and its sub-groups have held several other meetings on individual aspects of nuclear safety. Its terms of reference areTo advise the Secretary of State for Energy and the Secretary of State for Scotland on any matters affecting the functions of these Ministers in relation to safety under the Nuclear Installations Acts 1965 and 1969 which might be referred to them by either of these Ministers or which, in the Committee's opinion, ought to be brought to the notice of either Minister, apart from any such reference.
The committee has not yet been formally reconstituted to take account of the new situation created by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 but is in practice giving advice to the Health and Safety Executive and the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate.
The members of the Committee are:
- Sir Owen Saunders, FRS (Chairman).
- Dr. T. E. Allibone, CBE, FRS.
- Professor A. L. L. Baker.
- Professor J. Edwards.
- E. W. Greensmith, Esq, OBE.
- Professor W. B. Hall.
- Professor C. Hanson.
- Professor R. V. Jones, CB, CBE.
- Dr. J. M. Kay.
- Professor J. S. Llewelyn Leach.
- Dr. J. F. Loutit, CBE, FRS.
- Dr. A. S. McLean, CBE.
- Sir Harry Melville, KCB, FRS.
- R. E. Newell, Esq., CBE.
- T. A. Parry, Esq.
- Dr. R. Scott Russell.