HC Deb 14 April 1986 vol 95 cc264-5W
Mr. D. E. Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when plutonium recovered from fuel irradiated in South of Scotland Electricity Board reactors first became the property of the South of Scotland Electricity Board.

Mr. Allan Stewart

Irradiated fuel from South of Scotland Electricity Board reactors and the plutonium within it has been the property of the board since November 1971. Under the terms of the fuel supply agreement between the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and the SSEB signed in 1962 the Authority undertook to purchase from the board a quantity of irradiated fuel equivalent to the uranium content of the initial charges, supplied as concessionary fuel, for the two Hunterston A reactors. The last of the irradiated fuel purchased under this agreement was received at Sellafield in November 1971. Under similar arrangements, with the Central Electricity Generating Board, the purchase by the UKAEA of irradiated fuel from CEGB reactors was completed by April 1969.