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Coal Equivalence

Volume 14: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the equivalence in useful fuel in terms of coal of 20,000 tonnes of depleted uranium and 12 tonnes of plutonium used in fast reactors.

20,000 tonnes of depleted uranium will, if fissioned in a fast reactor, produce the same amount of electricity as would be produced by burning 40,000 million tonnes of coal. I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to him on 3 March 1980 for information on the significance of the United Kingdom plutonium stock.