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Plutonium

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL4920, tabled on 24 January 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 12 December 2016 (HL3602), what progress has been made by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to develop a plan for the disposition of plutonium; and whether they intend to review further options, including the building of a new reactor and fuel manufacture at Sellafield.

Answered on

6 February 2017

Work is under way to gain a better understanding of these issues as regards research and development, and policy development. The Government is also working with international partners to learn from their experience.

The Government will be in a position to proceed once it is fully confident that a preferred option could be implemented safely and securely, that it is affordable, deliverable, and offers value for money.