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Fast Breeder Reactors

Volume 974: debated on Monday 26 November 1979

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asked the Secertary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the present position of the fast breeder reactor project in general and the expected date for the opening of the inquiry into the commercial fast breeder reactor.

37.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what plans he has for holding an inquiry into the proposed construction of a commercial demonstration fast breeder reactor.

The Atomic Energy Authority with the Central Electricity Generating Board and the Nuclear Power Company is at present considering the options, including the possibilities for international collaboration. I expect to have their proposals by the end of the year. Any decision to build a commercial demonstration fast breeder reactor in the United Kingdom would be subject to a full and thorough public inquiry. It is too soon to say when this would be held.