HC Deb 26 November 1979 vol 974 c429W
31. Mr. David Price

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what progress has been made in the use of lasers for isotopic separation; and when he expects to be able to use lasers as a safe, quicker and cheaper method of processing nuclear waste.

Mr. Norman Lamont

A lot of work is under way in the United States on the issue of laser-based processes for uranium isotopic separation. A number of other countries, including the United Kingdom, are also studying such processes. There are no clear indications yet that any such process has reached a production scale. Therefore it is not yet possible to assess accurately whether it will eventually become competitive with the centrifuge process for uranium enrichment.