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Uranium Enrichment

Volume 892: debated on Friday 23 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the relative economic advantages of uranium enrichment by centrifuge methods as opposed to gas diffusion technology in view of the findings of Exxon Nuclear of the United States of America.

An assessment of various enrichment processes was made in this country several years ago and suggested that the centrifuge process had a significant economic advantage over diffusion. As a result, a major programme to develop the centrifuge was launched, and these conditions to have produced so comprehensive a code of safety.