HC Deb 15 February 1973 vol 850 c399W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research is being conducted by the four laboratories of Euratom that is already duplicated by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority facilities in the United Kingdom; and what benefit he estimates it will secure from its contribution towards the £65 million made available to the EEC programme.

Mr. Tom Boardman

Very little of the research carried out at the Ispra, Petten, Karlsruhe and Geel laboratories of Euratom duplicates that carried out in UKAEA establishments. Decisions taken at the meeting of the Council of Ministers in Brussels on 5th-6th February, at which I represented the United Kingdom, ensured that future work in the Euratom laboratories would be largely complementary to that of the UKAEA.

Although the benefits cannot be evaluated precisely, the United Kingdom will benefit from the collaborative work carried out, particularly on subjects concerned with safety and regulatory matters such as reactor safety, nuclear standards and fundamental research.