To ask the Secretary of State for Energy how many departmental staff have been allocated to the (large-scale commercial reprocessing plant) safeguards review group meetings; what was the cost of departmental representations at the Lascar review meeting in Tokyo on 17–21 October 1988; what issues were discussed at the Tokyo meeting; and if he will place in the Library copies of all documentation presented to the meeting by his departmental delegation.
§ Mr. Michael Spicer
It is expected that two members of the safeguards office will devote time to Lascar-related work. One of these attended the Tokyo meeting at an approximate cost of £2,900.
The aims of Lascar are to exchange safeguards related information and techniques on future large plutonium handling facilities. This exchange of information took place on the understanding that it would remain confidential to the parties involved.