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Nuclear Reactors (Decommissioning)

Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what will be the expected cost to his Department of the eventual decommissioning of the Calder Hall and Chapelcross reactors;(2) if he will make a statement about the expected lifespan of the Calder Hall and Chapelcross magnox reactors.

The expected lifespan of the reactors at Calder hall and Chapelcross is a matter for British Nuclear Fuels Limited and the nuclear installations inspectorate. British Nuclear Fuels Limited has responsibility for assessing the costs of decommissioning these reactors. MOD's share of the costs will be influenced by a number of factors that cannot be accurately determined at this time.