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Nuclear Reprocessing

Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 3 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he has obtained the consent of the USA for the reprocessing of spent Japanese nuclear fuel elements at Windscale pursuant to delivery which is likely to be made to the BNFL under a contract now being negotiated with Japanese utilities.

No. It is a condition of supply of fuel of United States origin that the customer should seek United States approval for the transfer of irradiated fuel for reprocessing overseas.

Percentage of Total consumptionApproximate percentage of import dependance*
(a) Industrial Sector (including iron and steel industry)39·735
(b) Commercial, agricultural and public administration Sectors.12·745
(c) Domestic Sector25·413
(d) Transport Sector22·285
* In the case of solid fuels it is generally possible to allocate imports and United Kingdom production between final users. However, in the case of gas, petroleum and electricity the primary fuels consumed are merged before distribution to final users and it is not possible, therefore, to allocate final use by origin. The above approximations are based on the assumption that the import and United Kingdom production relationship at the primary input stage is also reflected down through the individual consuming sectors.