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Letter to the Parliamentary Relations Team, Department for Energy and Climate Change


  The Foreign Affairs Committee is currently undertaking an inquiry into non-proliferation, in connection with which it recently visited Vienna to meet with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Committee understands that the UK's financial contribution to the IAEA comes from the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

  The Committee would be grateful if the Department could provide a memorandum to its inquiry on this matter addressing the following issues:

    —  the extent of the UK's current financial contribution to the IAEA's work

    —  the implications of the current weakness in Sterling in relation to these commitments

    —  the Government's position in relation to the suggestion that the IAEA's budget should be increased dramatically, as set out in the Report by an Independent Commission appointed by the IAEA Director-General, Reinforcing the Global Nuclear Order for Peace and Prosperity, The Role of the IAEA to 2020 and Beyond, May 2008.

  It would be helpful to have your reply by Friday 13 February.

  I am copying this letter to the head of the Parliamentary Relations Team at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as well as to the Clerk of the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee.

22 January 2009

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