HC Deb 23 October 1979 vol 972 cc145-6W
Mr. Hooley

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what the total EEC contribution to the JET fusion project will be in 1979–80 and 1980–81: and what will be the British contribution in cash and as a percentage, all figures expressed in £ sterling.

Mr. John Moore

80 per cent. of the cost of the JET fusion project is borne on the Community budget. 10 per cent. is borne by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority—AEA—as the host organisation. The remaining 10 per cent. comes from the participating organisations—including the AEA—in proportion to the size of their fusion programmes. In total the AEA bears about 11.5 per cent. of the cost. Since the JET project is budgeted in calendar years, the following figures are also in calendar rather than financial years. In 1979 expenditure is expected to be £26.1 million, of which £20.9 million is borne on the Community budget and £3.0 million by the AEA. Corresponding figures for 1980 are estimated as £36.5 million, £28.9 million and £4.1 million, and in 1981 as £34.6 million, £27.7 million and £4.0 million respectively. In addition, the AEA is providing some buildings and site services, on which the JET project will pay rent.