Joint European Torus: Finance

Treasury written question – answered on 18th March 2019.

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Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

At the 2019 Spring Statement, government reiterated its existing commitment to paying the UK’s share of the ongoing costs for the JET nuclear fusion facility until the end of 2020, should the EU extend the operational contract. The Chancellor also went further, by confirming that if the EU do not extend the contract beyond 29 March, the UK Government will provide JET with the resource it needs to continue operations in 19/20, until a new arrangement can be reached with the EU, giving the world-leading experts at the facility the certainty they need to continue their ground-breaking research.

As with all budgets, subsequent years beyond 19/20 will be considered at the Spending Review.

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