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Shipping: Nuclear Power

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 131218, tabled on 30 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what insurance cover the UK holds in respect of nuclear accidents involving nuclear-powered civilian or military vessels passing through or close to the UK exclusive economic zone, territorial waters or coastal waters.

Answered on

13 January 2021

The public purse is uniquely able to finance restitution of damaged assets or deal with other risks. The Ministry of Defence maintains arrangements to respond to any defence-related nuclear incidents, no matter how unlikely. The UK does not operate any nuclear-powered civilian vessels.

Answered by

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy