Nuclear Waste

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much nuclear waste has been (a) imported into the United Kingdom, (b) reprocessed in the United Kingdom and (c) subsequently exported from the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Minister of State (e-Commerce & Competitiveness)

The UK does not allow the import of radioactive waste, but foreign spent fuel is received in the UK for reprocessing. Details of fuel deliveries and the programming of reprocessing fuel are operational and commercial matters for BNFL and its customers, but the total amount of foreign spent fuel to be reprocessed during THORP's baseload period of operation is 4,547 tonnes.

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