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Plutonium

Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is his policy towards the control of the transportation of plutonium (a) by air, and (b) by sea from Sellafield to its major customers in Japan and West Germany.

The transport of plutonium is covered by stringent international regulations. Transport options for returning the plutonium arising from the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel at THORP are still under consideration. Before anydecision is taken, all necessary safety and security aspects will be carefully considered.