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Nuclear Liabilities

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether nuclear liabilities will continue to be financed through his Department’s budget; and if he will make a statement. (109891)

The Nuclear Decommissioning Agency was formed on 1 April 2005 to take on responsibility for the decommissioning and clear-up of civil nuclear sites. As a result the Ministry of Defence transferred all its liabilities relating to civil nuclear sites and the associated values of provisions and funding for decommissioning costs over to the NDA. This is detailed in the MOD annual report and accounts 2005-06, copies of which are available in the Library of the House. The MOD has retained funding to meet its ongoing nuclear liabilities for the cost of facility decommissioning and the treatment and storage of nuclear waste at MOD sites, as well as the disposal of nuclear submarine waste.