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Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) when he expects the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to announce the successful bidder for the contract to manage nuclear waste at Sellafield; (205541)

(2) whether the decision of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on the preferred bidder to clean up the nuclear waste at Sellafield requires Government approval.

[holding answer 14 May 2008]: The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is currently running a competition to select a new parent body organisation (PBO) for the Sellafield Site Licence Company, which through ownership will enhance Site Licence Company performance.

The announcement of a preferred bidder for the Sellafield PBO Competition is scheduled to take place in July 2008. Following the announcement of the preferred bidder, the NDA expects to complete contract finalisation over the summer period and plans to announce the contract award in October 2008. The decision will require Government approval.