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Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2009, Official Report, column 725W, on plutonium, for what reason his Department declined to fund the travel and accommodation expenses of stakeholders attending the plutonium policy meeting on 21 May 2009; and if he will make a statement. (282004)

Normal practice is for organisations to fund the expenses of those attending meetings on their behalf.

DECC in common with all Departments has to manage its limited funding and used normal practice with respect to the expenses of those invited to the meeting.