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February 20, 2008

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rwendland

Paul, a bit off-topic but as I know you have a nuclear power interest. I was amazed to discover the NDA is locating the £20 million 'UK National Nuclear Archive' (NNA) in Caithness in response to its statutory obligation to manage public records and "making them more accessible to the public"!

Call me a cynic, but between sticking the records at the northern tip of the UK and having a "90-day email deletion policy", this seems like a policy to put off independent FOIA researchers! Worth a question in the house? A done deal now, but the NDA does not explain why Caithness was chosen in the press release or a website search. [I'm interested in Magnox/AGR history so I have a personal interest (not your constituent though).]

Sources:

http://www.nda.gov.uk/news/boost-for-nuclear-archive.cfm
http://www.neimagazine.com/story.asp?sectionCode=132&storyCode=2048716

http://www.tessella.com/News/Nuclear%20workshop/Simon%20Tucker%20-%20NDA.pdf
which mentions the 90-day email deletion policy (in a presentation by the Information Manager at NDA)

paulflynn

Thanks, Ian.

Agree that we need a full debate. The point I made at the Barrage Forum meeting this week was that we must exploit tidal energy is a variety of ways. There will be environmental objections that may be irrational (as they were with Cardiff Bay) but they could delay a barrage. The objections to other forms will be less. We will have the electricity quicker from non-barrage marine power generators.

Ian

We need to get on with making the most of the huge potential of tidal energy. However, as a Civil Engineer I am not convinced that the large barrage option is the best choice. I would have backed it 100% 10 years ago, but the real alternatives involved around tidal lagoons may offer greater production flexibility.

What we need is an objective website giving the pros and cons of all options; allowing people to question experts on all their concerns and encouraging greater debate.

Over to you Paul!

paulflynn

Thanks dorcommentator.

This change will make second language teaching in the UK even worse.

Thanks goodness we have a better system in Wales for teaching Welsh to fluency as a second language.

dotcommentator

Your comments about language teaching are very true. Perhaps we can teach pupils to say "Sorry, I don't speak German...but I can write it."

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