Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Shadow Secretary of State (Trade and Industry)

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

(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.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister of State (Science and Innovation), Department of Trade and Industry

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.

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