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Uranium (Dounreay)

Volume 202: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy on what date he was first advised of the recorded disappearance of 10.1 kg of highly enriched uranium from Dounreay.

My Department was advised of the nuclear materials discrepancy at Dounreay on 3 December 1991.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what estimate he has made of loss of revenue to Dounreay reprocessing plant following its closure after the recorded disappearance of 10.1 kg of highly enriched uranium.

None. This is a commercial matter for the management of the Atomic Energy Authority.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what aspects of the accounting procedures at Dounreay are to be re-assessed following the recorded disappearance of 10.1 kg of highly enriched uranium from Dounreay.

The inquiry report into the nuclear materials discrepancy at Dounreay has just been received and is being studied by officials of my Department. I will consider what information may be provided when examination of the report and its findings have been completed.