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Nuclear Waste

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Meirronnydd Nant Conwy (Dr. Thomas) Official Report, 2 November column 533, if he will place in the Library a copy of the notes exchanged between the Government of Japan and Her Majesty's Government on the provision of nuclear reprocessing technology, and give an indication of the likely financial benefit to the United Kingdom of this agreement.

[holding answer 23 November 1987]: The United Kingdom's non-proliferation export obligations were fully met through the exchange of notes. The notes confirm that—

  • 1. any facility constructed using the transferred technology will be used exclusively for peaceful purposes;
  • 2. any such facility will be subject to measures of effective physical protection;
  • 3. nuclear material contained in any such facility will be placed under safeguards by the IAEA; and
  • 4. The transferred technology, and any equipment derived from the transferred technology, will not be transferred out of Japan without obtaining from the recipient Government the same assurances, and without the prior consent of the United Kingdom.
  • Information on individual contracts is commercially confidential.