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Nuclear Power Stations: Decommissioning

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the resource budget costs of nuclear decommissioning provisions by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; and if he will make a statement. (242145)

The funding requirements of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) were considered within the context of the 2007 comprehensive spending review. The settlement provides the NDA with £5.1 billion Government funding over the three years (ie £1.8 billion in 2008-09, £1.6 billion in 2009-10 and £1.7 billion in 2010-11) of which £1.4 billion is resource and £3.7 billion is capital. Together with the income that the NDA will earn from commercial activities in the period, it is estimated that the total funding available over the three years will be over £8 billion.