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Uranium

Volume 129: debated on Wednesday 9 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what uranium not covered by either bilaterial or multilateral safeguard arrangements has been imported for civil use into the United Kingdom since 1979; and if he will name the countries of origin of such uranium.

None. All civil nuclear material in the United Kingdom is subject to our safeguards agreements with Euratom and the IAEA.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what specific provisions exist in each of the current safeguards arrangements covering uranium to ensure that uranium imported into (a) the United Kingdom, and (b) the European Economic Community remains within the safeguardable nuclear cycle; and what is the practice of (a) Her Majesty's Government and (b) Euratom with regard to weight-for-weight direct substitution of safeguarded uranium within the agreed safeguards arrangements.

[holding answer 26 February 1988]: All uranium imported into the United Kingdom for civil use is subject to Euratom safeguards and the terms of the United Kingdom-Euratom-IAEA safeguards agreement. In some cases it is subject to special safeguarding obligations agreed between the supplying country and the Community.

Euratom accepts exchanges of safeguards obligations between nuclear material on the basis of strict equivalence in quantity and quality.