Mr. Clifford Williams
asked the Minister of Technology what was the total cost including any loss of revenue, of the delays to the Dragon reactor reported in Paragraph 150 of the 1968–69 Report of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority.
§ Mr. Benn
The Atomic Energy Authority operate this experimental reactor on behalf of the O.E.C.D. Dragon Project. The reactor is not used for the production of electricity and its 179W irradiation space is not sold; there is, therefore, no revenue. I am informed by the management of the Dragon Project that the necessary cost of replacement of a complete set of heat exchangers, to which reference is made in the A.E.A's Annual Report, was of the order of £60,000.