In all the handwringing in the last few days on the termination of the Nuclear Management Partners lucrative Sellafield contract, perhaps the most nauseating and hypocritical is that by Jamie Reed MP. He tweeted “Sellafield NMP contract terminated. Inevitable, necessary and overdue”.
In 2008 when MP Paul Flynn quite rightly questioned the huge sums of money being awarded to NMP by DECC without any Parliamentary scrutiny at all, Jamie Reed poo poohed this concern as an “incoherent concoction.”
Dr David Lowry an independent research policy consultant, has provided the backstory to this appalling ongoing corruption of governance in all things nuclear…..
“Geoffrey Lean only partly explains what happened this week: what went wrong, but not why nor how such a poor private consortium was able to secure the contract in the first place.
The known facts in the backstory to the Sellafield decision are startling.
I have worked on this issue with Labour MP Paul Flynn for seven years, and his attempts to make transparent the deal done to give Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) the contract have been met with obstruction- by Government and in nuclear industry at every turn.
When he initiated Parliamentary debate, on 19 November 2008, shortly after the NMP contract was awarded in early October 2008, coincidentally two days after Ed Miliband became Labour’s first Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Changer, Mr Flynn was dismissed by Mike O’Brien, the then Labour energy
minister, as a conspiracy theorist asserting “his concoction of conspiracy theory, innuendo and hyperbole has reached new heights in the House,” and told MPs Flynn had “exaggerated, went way
over the top in his condemnations.”
Mr Flynn’s Labour colleague, Jamie Reed chipped in with the observation that Mr Flynn’s exposure was an “incoherent concoction.”€ (Hansard, 19 Nov 2008 : Column 125WH)
Let your readers decide, now the current energy secretary has sacked NMP partners from their £22 billion contract, who was exaggerating and whether Mr Flynn’s criticisms were coherent.
Mr Flynn tabled an early day motion (EDM) – a kind of political notice – on the NMP contract on 6 February 2013, which included the observation: “DECC were questioned on the probity of such huge sums being awarded (to NMP) without Parliamentary scrutiny; recalls an earlier EDM 2321 on Parliamentary Oversight
of Sellafield Indemnification tabled on 22 October 2008 observed accurately that the agreement would privatise the profits of the Sellafield management contract leaving the potentially multi-billion pound liabilities with taxpayers; acknowledges the subsequent release of internal memoranda and emails between DECC and NDA officials which expose the deliberate cover up from
I obtained the internal e-mails and documents from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, who own Sellafield, after a protracted battle over disclosure for many months in 2008, which were very heavily censored prior to release with whole pages, and the names of most of the officials involved, having been systematically blanked out. Nonetheless, they included buried in the 140-odd
pages released, the extraordinary revelation that the Department of Trade and Industry, DECC’s predecessor department responsible for nuclear policy, and the NDA, wanted to go ahead with awarding the deal to NMP, by avoiding due Parliamentary scrutiny and circumventing democratic oversight, detailing how
the deception of Parliament was to be effected. It was a clear scandal.
Energy secretary Ed Davey says a new transitional management arrangement will be brought in over 15 months. The minimum the public and Parliament can expect is every aspect of this is fully transparent and open to detailed scrutiny in public before any new agreement is signed.”