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Plutonium

Volume 130: debated on Monday 28 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy (1) if the plutonium exported to Belgium under the Euratom-UKAEA agreement of 3 May 1968 is currently still in the ownership of Belgonucléaire; if the safeguards provisions agreed to cover the export of this 180 kg consignment still exist; and what knowledge Her Majesty's Government possess regarding the current location of this plutonium;(2) if 200 kg of plutonium exported under bilateral safeguards to the Federal Republic of Germany, for use in the NUKEM facility in Hanau, covered by all agreement between the UKAEA and Euratom dated 4 August 1969, is still owned and used by NUKEM; if any subsequent exports of safeguarded plutonium have taken place between United Kingdom companies and NUKEM; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 4 March 1988]: Deliveries of plutonium under these agreements were made under Euratom safeguards. The current location of the plutonium is a matter for the state concerned.