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Sellafield

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the proposal to indemnify the new parent body organisation to manage the Sellafield Site Licence Company against uninsurable liability claims was considered by the European Commission under state aid rules prior to finalising the agreement with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. (232171)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 76W, on Sellafield, on what dates between 14 July and 6 October 2008 Ministers or officials of his Department met officials of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to discuss the indemnification of the successful bidder for the Parent Body Organisation chosen to manage Sellafield; if he will place minutes of all such meetings in the Library; and what meetings his Department and its predecessor have had with the European Commission on the compliance with state aid rules of the Government accepting an indemnification for Sellafield. (233737)

There were no meetings between 14 July and 6 October 2008 between the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Ministers or officials of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform about the indemnity for the successful bidder for the Sellafield Parent Body Organisation.

There have been no meetings with the European Commission on this issue. As a normal commercial arrangement involving no subsidy for the new Parent Body Organisation, the proposed indemnity does not raise any State aid concerns.