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Nuclear Weapon States

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 11 January 1990

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To ask the Prime Minister if she has given consideration to the implications for (a) national and (b) global security that would arise from the complete separation of military and civilian nuclear facilities in nuclear weapon states.

[holding answer 10 January 1990]: Such matters are kept under review, and to a large extent civil and military nuclear facilities are already separated in the United Kingdom. However, the complete separation of the remaining nuclear facilities is currently regarded as uneconomic and the additional costs would outweigh any security gains.