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Nuclear Power

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what applications his Department has received to fund research and development work on new nuclear reactor designs from (a) the University of Manchester and (b) other organisations; what responses have been given to each application; and if he will make a statement. (100010)

Applications were submitted in response to the Department’s invitation to organizations to bid for funds to carry out Generation IV International Forum research. The Department subsequently withdrew from active participation in the Forum and the invitation to bid was cancelled. The applicants were informed of the Department’s decision not to proceed with the research on 11 October 2006.

The organisations that applied for funding were:


Mitsui Babcock;

Nexia Solutions (University of Manchester were part of a consortium led by Nexia);

Sheffield University;

Weir, Strachan and Henshaw.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with his European Union counterparts on the proposed co-ordination of nuclear power research programmes across the European Union; and if he will make a statement. (99496)

The Department has had numerous discussions with regard to the Euratom Framework Programme 7 (FP7) covering research into fusion energy and nuclear fission and radiation protection. Negotiations on FP7 continue and agreement with the European Parliament is expected at the second reading at the end of November.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry, Lord Sainsbury, has had several discussions with member states covering wider FP7 negotiations in which Euratom was included as part of the discussions.