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Volume 14: debated on Thursday 3 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if his approval is required before the Central Electricity Generating Board can sell plutonium to the United States of America; and if he will make a statement.

Department of Trade approval is required for the export of plutonium or any other nuclear material. In addition, approval for any plutonium export is required from the Secretary of State for Energy under Section 2(i) of the Nuclear Installations Act 1965, as amended. I also refer the hon. Member to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Falmouth and Cambourne (Mr. Mudd) on 19 October.