The UK government has published initial pre-consultation draft versions of the Nuclear Safeguards Regulations to enable early engagement with Parliament, industry and other stakeholders. The draft regulations, which the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published on 19 January, set out the nuclear safeguards regime for the UK and the powers of the BEIS secretary of state to make regulations under the Nuclear Safeguards Bill (NS Bill). The NS Regulations will create the legal framework for a new domestic nuclear safeguards regime to operate in the UK following the country’s withdrawal from European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). Publication of the pre-consultation drafts is timed to accompany the report stage of the NS Bill 2017 to 2019, which takes place on 23 January. In explanatory notes to the two documents, BEIS said that during the House of Commons Committee Stage of the NS Bill in November last year, Richard Harrington, BEIS minister for energy and industry, had made a commitment to publish a pre-consultation draft of the regulations at the report stage.
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