(1) what assessment was made by his Department of the future commercial viability of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority prior to his agreement to provide further public money to support its continuing operation;
(2) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the commercial revenues generated by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will be sufficient to fulfil the Authority's needs.
The Government are committed to funding the costs of the decommissioning and clean-up of the historic civil public nuclear liabilities arising at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's (NDA) sites. The Consolidated Fund is the mechanism for funding this, with a mixture of grant in aid and commercial income. Over time the contribution from income will fall off, as productive units are progressively taken out of service. The NDA's commercial income is taken fully into account in setting its budget. We have agreed a budget for 2007-08 that will ensure that the NDA delivers a small increase in programme funding and which will ensure the NDA can meet its core objectives and maintain safety. We are now discussing longer term funding for the NDA in the context of the Spending Round.