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Nuclear Programmes (Cash Plans)

Volume 168: debated on Wednesday 28 February 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what factors account for the difference between the cash plans quoted for nuclear research and development and other programmes, on page 1, chapter 5 of "The Government's Expenditure Plans 1990–91 to 1992–93" (Cm. 1005), and the cash plans quoted for nuclear programmes on page 1, chapter 6 of "The Government's Expenditure Plans 1989–90 to 1991–92" (Cm. 606).

The main reason is an increased provision for the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority's decommissioning and waste management operations resulting from Government decisions on the future fast reactor programme and from higher specifications for the handling of radioactive wastes.