HC Deb 27 January 1977 vol 924 cc739-40W
Mr. Robin F. Cook

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what arrangements exist for the sharing of reprocessing orders from third parties with either of British Nuclear Fuel Limited's partners in United Reprocessors.

Mr. Benn

United Reprocessors GMBH was set up in 1971 to facilitate co-operation in the provision of reprocessing services in Europe. It would be contrary to normal practice for me to disclose the commercial details of the agreement between its shareholders, but I understand that it provides a flexible basis for the sharing of potential business between the partners to make the best use of available reprocessing capacity. It does not provide any automatic right for partners to share in business once it has actually been allocated to another partner or contracted for.