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Nuclear Transfers

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when (a) the transfer of heavy water and (b) the supply of (i) plutonium, (ii) uranium-235, (iii) beryllium and (iv) lithium-6 to Israel via Norway ceased. (117768)

In 1958 the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) agreed to transfer back to Norway control of 25 tons of heavy water—11.5 tons of which was in the UK at the time. This was surplus stock that the UKAEA no longer required. By 1961, the Government became increasingly concerned about its end use; and therefore refused to help facilitate any further shipments of heavy water to Israel.

We are not aware of any supply of plutonium, uranium-235, beryllium or lithium-6 from the UK to Israel via Norway.