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Non-Proliferation Treaty

Volume 84: debated on Tuesday 22 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will detail the projects and cost of assistance given to signatories of the non-proliferation treaty under the footnote A provisions; to which purposes of development each item was directed; what plans he has for further allocations; and what criteria he uses in this form of assistance.

Details of footnote A projects which have been funded by the United Kingdom are set out below. All such projects meet the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency for projects eligible for technical assistance that they should serve to

"accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity in Member States"
of the agency. Since 1980 the United Kingdom has provided $1ยท2 million for footnote A projects.In his recent statement to the non-proliferation treaty review conference in Geneva my hon. Friend the then Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs announced that the United Kingdom intended to double the amount of money contributed by the United Kingdom through the IAEA footnote A system over the period up to 1990. In determining which projects the United Kingdom will support in this manner the paramount criterion is that the recipient state should be a party to the NPT. The agency's own screening process provides assurance that the project proposals are technically sound. Preference is given to projects where there is the possibility of the United Kingdom supplying the experts or equipment required.

Year and Recipient


Purpose of Aid

Cost $

GhanaRiverine Tsetse Fly StudyAdditional support for programme funded in 198236,400
IndonesiaGroundwater HydrologyProvision of equipment and advice for hydrology studies in support of industrial development on Java159,000
CyprusRadiation DosimetryProvision of training in radiation dosimetry techniques35,000
KenyaRadiochemistry LaboratoryProvision of equipment and advice as part of a project for development of national centre for training in nuclear sciences76,400
MexicoIsotopes in Environmental StudiesProvision of advice on isotope techniques in sediment dating and transport for use in conservation work57,400
SudanNuclear InstrumentationProvision of equipment and advice to aid in development of small scale production of nuclear instruments54,400
SudanNuclear Science LaboratoryProvision of equipment to the University of Khartoum for research and training in nuclear techniques47,500
SyriaNuclear Analytical LaboratoryProvision of equipment and services for facilities for the analysis of geological, industrial, biological and environmental samples42,500
EgyptMossbauer SpectrometryProvision of equipment to aid research and training in nuclear techniques55,000
Sri LankaCrop, Water and Soil ManagementProvision of equipment to aid in studies of soil moisture conservation and crop water requirements using nuclear techniques45,000