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The Government would like to thank respondents to this consultation for the evidence they provided to the 2015 Triennial Review of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM). The Government has published the findings of the Review which concluded that CoRWM should continue in its role as an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) providing independent advice, based on informed scrutiny of the available evidence, to UK Government and Devolved Administration Ministers on the long-term management of radioactive waste. The Review found that the NDPB model allows the delivery of this function independently of Government, which is crucial in maintaining public trust in the UK Government’s geological disposal programme and other radioactive waste management programmes.
The government has announced the second Triennial Review of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) and is seeking the views of stakeholders who wish to contribute to the review. Triennial Reviews of non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) are part of the government’s commitment to ensuring that NDPBs continue to have regular independent challenge.
The review will examine whether there is a continuing need for CoRWM’s function and its form and whether it should continue to exist at arm’s length from government.
If there is evidence of a continued need for the body, the review will also examine whether CoRWM’s control and governance arrangements continue to meet the recognised principles of good corporate governance.
In support of these aims we would welcome input and evidence from stakeholders.