Copies of minutes of all quarterly Level 2 regulatory interface meetings with BAE Systems Marine Ltd, which have taken place since 1 June 2012
Three documents have been identified as within scope.
Individual names and personal details have been redacted under Reg13 of Environmental Information Regs 2004 Personal Information, this is an absolute exemption and not subject to the Public Interest Test.
Additionally some information within these documents have been redacted under Regulation 12(5) (a) - international relations, defence, national security or public safety.
Openess and transparency, issues related to the nuclear industry are subject to scrutiny and debate, there is public interest in information related to nuclear activities and the release of such information.
International Relations Disclosure would go against the 1958 USUK Mutual Defence Agreement. The agreement enables the US and the UK to exchange classified information with the objective of improving each party's design, and development of the nuclear plant.
Defence/National Security - Disclosure would highlight vulnerabilities that could be used by those who wished to disrupt the UK's defence capability. It would put the physical safety of the armed forces at risk and will have an adverse impact on the capability and effectiveness of military personnel now or in the future
The public would not expect ONR to release information that would aid such an act.
The information should be withheld, because disclosing such information would give the impression that the UK government could not be trusted with confidential information and this could affect our relations with the United States. There is therefore an inherent public interest in preserving international confidences.