MP asks questions over lost data stick

HARTLEPOOL MP Iain Wright has raised more questions in Parliament about the disappearance of a memory stick containing information about the town’s nuclear power station.

Mr Wright asked why he still had not been formally told about the incident by the Government, and why the Secretary of State had not offered to answer questions about it in the House of Commons.

The USB stick containing details of stress tests at the town’s plant was lost at a nuclear conference in India by a Office for Nuclear Regulation member of staff.

Mr Wright said: “I have yet to be informed of this by the Government. Going back many years, ministers faced with data loss have come to this house to answer questions and explain their actions.

“Given that precedent and the paramount importance of securing and safeguarding our civil nuclear industry, is it in order that the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has chosen not to inform me or to come to this house?”

He asked what powers speaker John Bercow had to “provide reassurance to my constituents on this important breach of data?”

But Mr Bercow told Mr Wright it was up to ministers to decide if and when to make statements.

Mr Wright has previously written to the Secretary of State Ed Davey expressing his concern and demanding answers.