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British Energy: EDF Energy

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 19WS, on EDF takeover, whether the £4.42 billion dedicated to the Nuclear Liabilities Fund paid on 19 January by Electricité de France EDF may be used for decontamination of radioactively polluted land on British energy sites; and whether title to the plutonium owned by British Energy has been transferred to EDF as part of the takeover. (250729)

[holding answer 26 January 2009]: The assets of the Nuclear Liabilities Fund (NLF) will be used to meet certain decommissioning costs and uncontracted liabilities attaching to existing nuclear power plants operated by British Energy. To the extent that any radioactively polluted land is identified during the decommissioning process, decontamination would be paid for by the NLF if it qualified for payment under the terms of the restructuring agreements. Otherwise it would fall to the account of British Energy.

Title to the plutonium owned by British Energy remains with British Energy Generation Limited (BEG). Title will not transfer to EDF as part of the takeover. However, as a result of the takeover the shares in BEG are now controlled, indirectly, by EDF.