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National Nuclear Laboratory

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the budget for the National Nuclear Laboratory is in (a) 2008-09 and (b) each of the next five financial years. (242487)

The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) has been created from the BNFL subsidiary, Nexia Solutions Limited. HMG is currently running a competition to appoint a management contractor to manage the NNL and we expect that process to be completed next spring. Until then the NNL is operating very much as Nexia Solutions did and its results are included in the consolidated accounts of BNFL plc. The NNL is a commercial entity and as such derives revenues from its customers for contracted work. In 2006-07, Nexia Solutions (now the NNL) made an operating profit of £7 million before exceptional items on a turnover of £77 million. Once appointed, the managing contractor is expected to deliver growth and efficiencies, obtaining its fee from turnover with no requirement for separate funding from Government.