Civil Nuclear Industry Scottish CPG

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This article is part of a series on the
2005-2006 national debate on nuclear
power in the UK

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The Civil Nuclear Industry Scottish CPG (cross party group) describes its purpose as follows:

'To promote consideration and discussion of aspects of the civil nuclear industry which come within the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament, including environmental, economic and planning issues relating to the commissioning, operation and decommissioning of nuclear plant, and liaison with interested groups, including management and employees in the industry and other stakeholders." [1]

The equivalent body in the UK parliament is the Nuclear Energy APPG.

Lobbying controversy

On the eve of the launch of the 2006 energy review, the Scottish Sunday Herald revealed that the CPG had "failed to declare the administrative support it receives from nuclear power firm British Energy." The newspaper also reported that the CPG was given presentations by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and the nuclear waste agency, Nirex, and had gone on a trip to a nuclear power station with its UK counterpart, the Nuclear Energy APPG. [2]

According to the newspaper, after it "...started making enquiries about the group last week, the name of a well-known lobbyist mentioned on the website was erased." The lobbyist in question is Thomas Docherty, as illustrated by this screenshot of the old version of the CPG's website, which was still in the Yahoo cache a few days after the Herald report was published.

In addition, the website listing for Nirex's representative on the CPG was altered: Rachel Robertson was replaced by Ian Price. Unless there are two Ian Prices working for Nirex in Edinburgh, this is the same person who is a member of staff of Fleishman-Hillard, based in the PR firm's Edinburgh office [3], and is seconded to Nirex [4]. If so, the fact that he is a public relations professional is not disclosed on the CPG's website [5].

Members

Information current as of January 25, 2005 [6]:

MSPs

Non-MSPs

SourceWatch resources

External links

Articles

Resources

For further information, see relevant SpinProfiles page Cross Party Group on the Civil Nuclear Industry