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Nuclear Waste: Waste Management

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will break down by budget line the funds allocated to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for the development of a geological disposal facility for highly radioactive nuclear waste for the financial years 2010-15. (324265)

[holding answer 25 March 2010]: The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is responsible for allocating its total funding between its activities. The NDA's budget for its Radioactive Waste Management Directorate for 2010-11 is £19 million. The NDA budget from 2011 onwards has yet to be determined.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding has been (a) allocated to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for the development of a geological disposal facility for high level radioactive waste and (b) requested by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for the same purpose for the financial years 2010-15. (324266)

[holding answer 25 March 2010]: The 2007 comprehensive spending review (CSR07) settlement provided the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) with £1.7 billion direct Government funding for 2010-11. Together with its projected commercial income total funding will be around £2.9 billion. The NDA is responsible for allocating funding between its activities and allocated £19 million to its radioactive waste management directorate, which has responsibility for implementing geological disposal, for 2010-11. The NDA budget from 2011 onwards has yet to be determined.