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Sellafield

Volume 116: debated on Thursday 14 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has concerning the decision in the Energy, Research and Technology Committee of the European Parliament on 29 April to initiate proceedings against the European Commission in the European Court over the apparent refusal of Euratom to release to the European Parliament specific safeguards documentation on the Magnox reprocessing line at Sellafield.

Although its meeting on 29 April was held in camera, the Committee has for some time sought full details of the arrangements, announced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy on 4 June 1986, between the Commission and the United Kingdom authorities on the implementation of Euratom safeguards at Sellafield.I understand that the Commission had refused to release these details on the grounds that the information is, like all such arrangements, confidential, and that as a result the Committee is considering taking action in the European Court against the Commission.

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