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Volume 894: debated on Monday 23 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many British-registered companies are engaged in exploring for and mining uranium salts abroad; and what percentage of free world reserves of uranium is available to the United Kingdom through these companies.

No full list is available, but three major mining companies or finance corporations have some interests in these fields. In some countries where uranium is found there are disposal restrictions in favour of local requirements, but subject to this uranium is traded on a world market basis and output from mines owned or partly owned by British companies is not necessarily sold to the United Kingdom.