§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if his recently launched "North America Now" trade and export campaign involves business in the nuclear sector.
§ Mr. Needham
The nuclear industry, which principally takes in the energy sector, is not a priority sector for the first year of the "North America Now" campaign. DTI's role in the promotion of nuclear power generation technology with regard to the north American market is responsive rather than proactive. However, there are two "supply side" enabling technologies that are relevant to the nuclear industry—process control instrumentation and environmental monitoring and remediation technology—which are priority sectors for the first year of the campaign and will be promoted to appropriate north American "end-users". Where such opportunities are identified in the US nuclear power generation sector, DTI will assist United Kingdom industry in tackling those opportunities.
Other applications of nuclear technology where they correspond to priority sectors, such as the health care sector, will be actively promoted to the north American markets during the course of the campaign.