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Pressure Water Reactors

Volume 977: debated on Tuesday 29 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what examination has been given by his Department to alternative designs of presssure water reactor to the Westinghouse design; and what United Kingdom licence agreements in respect of alternative designs exist or have been proposed.

Selection of Westinghouse as licensor for the PWR followed a review by the National Nuclear Corporation and the Central Electricity Generating Board of possible licensing arrangements for the United Kingdom, including the competitive designs of the other manufacturers. The Government have approved the selection by the industry of the Westinghouse design.