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Volume 124: debated on Monday 14 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy who is specified as the owner of the eventual separated plutonium, in contracts for the reprocessing of nuclear wastes from foreign countries at Sellafield.

Contracts for the reprocessing at Sellafield of foreign irradiated nuclear fuel normally provide that the plutonium and uranium products separated by reprocessing shall remain the property of the owner of such fuel. The separated plutonium is returned to its country of origin or to any other destination only on receipt of assurances covering peaceful use, application safeguards, physical protection and controls on retransfer.