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Nuclear Power

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the potential costs to (a) his Department and (b) the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority of information gathering on (i) the market for mixed oxide fuel, (ii) the availability of reactors in which it can be burned and (iii) the costs and timescales for procuring services or facilities.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Support to the Government on the development of policy on plutonium management is part of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's (NDA) approved strategy. It is estimated that DECC and the NDA will spend around £3 million to £5 million to gather all of the information required throughout the next phases of the programme. Costs are anticipated to be met from within the existing budgets.

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