§ 46. Mr. Simon Coombs
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the future of the Joint European Torus.
§ Mr. Parkinson
The JET joint undertaking was originally established for a duration of 12 years beginning on 1 June 1978. Some of the scientific problems which JET was designed to explore are taking longer to solve than was originally hoped. To enable JET to complete its original objectives, an extension to the end of 1992 is currently under consideration in Brussels along with a proposed new community programme and R and D in the field of thermonuclear fusion.