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Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the annual budget of his Department (a) is in 2008-09 and (b) will be in 2009-10; how much of the budget in each year is attributable to the costs of nuclear decommissioning and the handling of nuclear waste; and if he will make a statement. (227240)

[holding answer 15 October 2008]: The machinery of government changes of 3 October 2008 announced the creation of the Department of Energy and Climate Change, formed from the Energy Group located in the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and the Climate Change Group located in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will transfer their budgets for energy and climate change respectively to the new Department, based on the settlements agreed in the comprehensive spending review 2007 (CSR07), for the financial years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11. The annual budgets for the Department of Energy and Climate Change will be agreed in due course.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) ensures that civil nuclear sites are managed, decommissioned and cleaned up safely, securely, cost-effectively and in ways that protect the environment. The NDA was assigned a programme budget of £1.53 billion in the comprehensive spending review 2007 (CSR07) for 2008-09, and £1.61 billion for 2009-10.