Euratom Regulation

Defence written question – answered on 7th April 2005.

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Photo of Mr Llew Smith Mr Llew Smith Labour, Blaenau Gwent

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which installations and bases operated by or on behalf of his Department are subject to Euratom regulation; and which nuclear materials are subject to such regulation at each such establishment.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

The UK position is that defence related installations and bases are not subject to Euratom regulation. Nuclear materials required for defence purposes are outside the safeguards provisions in Chapter 7 of the Euratom treaty. However, as announced in the Strategic Defence Review (Supporting Essay 5, paragraph 26), materials no longer required for defence purposes have been placed under Euratom safeguards. These are held on non-MOD sites.

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