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Volume 86: debated on Monday 11 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the current projected cost for the completion of the thermal oxide reprocessing plant compared with the expected cost given to the Windscale inquiry in 1977, in constant terms; and how the capital costs for THORP are broken down in percentage terms between British Nuclear Fuels Ltd., the Central Electricity Generating Board, the Department of Energy, and foreign customers.

The estimated cost of THORP in January 1985 money values is £1,250 million. This is broadly equivalent, after allowance for inflation, to the cost estimate given to the Windscale Inquiry of £580 million at mid-1977 prices. The costs are allocated approximately one-third to the United Kingdom generating boards and two-thirds to overseas customers.