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Nuclear Reactors (Research And Training)

Volume 631: debated on Monday 5 December 1960

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asked the Minister of Power how many licences he has issued for the installation and operation of nuclear reactors for research and teaching purposes and of thermal output less than 100 kilowatts; and if he will make it a condition of the granting of a licence that competitive tender should be required.

Two licences under the Nuclear Installations (Licensing and Insurance) Act, 1959, have been issued for research and training reactors in this power range. A 10 kilowatt reactor was in operation by the Hawker-Siddeley Nuclear Power Company at Langley, Buckinghamshire, before the Act came into force and was licensed on 1st April, 1960. In May, 1960, a licence to install and operate a 10 kilowatt reactor at Silwood Park, Berkshire, was granted to the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London.In addition, as my right hon. Friend said in answer to the hon. Member for Eastleigh (Mr. D. Price) on 4th November, he has approved the issue of a licence to Queen Mary College, University of London, to install a 10 kilowatt research reactor on a site in West Ham.My right hon. Friend's responsibility under the Act is limited to safety considerations and the question of cover

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I am informed that comparable figures for Scotland are available only for 1958 and 1959 and are as follows:
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against liability in respect of emission of ionizing radiations. I understand, however, that as a condition of the award of grants to universities for projects of this kind, the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research would require that contracts should be let as a result of competitive tender unless there are convincing reasons why this would not be practicable.