To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the long-term worldwide availability of uranium to fuel the new generation of nuclear reactors, particularly if spent nuclear fuel will not be reprocessed.
The Government consider that there will be ample natural uranium resources available to fuel the next generation of nuclear power plants. This is based on the findings of authoritative international agencies.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD NEA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which regularly analyse uranium resources, have stated that, regardless of the role that nuclear energy ultimately plays in meeting rising electricity demand, the uranium resource base is more than adequate to meet projected requirements (REF. OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and the International Atomic Energy Agency (2010). Uranium 2009: Resources, Production and Demand). The Euratom Supply Agency has also expressed confidence that there are sufficient identified uranium resources to meet the current demand for about 100 years (REF. Euratom Supply Agency (2010). Euratom Supply Agency Annual Report 2009).