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Pressurised Water Reactor (Sizewell)

Volume 12: debated on Wednesday 11 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what bearing the relative changes of the new design submitted by the National Nuclear Corporation for the first pressurised water reactor to be built in the United Kingdom at Sizewell in Suffolk will have on the necessary extra safety requirements that were said to be the reason for the high cost of the former design.

It would be inappropriate for me to comment at this stage on the detailed features or relative merits of the NNC's reference design; nor can I anticipate the outcome of the assessment of this design by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate of the Health and Safety Executive.