HC Deb 15 December 1992 vol 216 cc148-9W
Mr. Hoyle

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what factors not considered at the public inquiry are causing the delay in starting the thermal oxide reprocessing plant at Sellafield.

Mr. Maclean

I have been asked to reply. The thermal oxide reprocessing plant cannot start the commercial reprocessing of oxide fuel until the Health and Safety Executive's nuclear installations inspectorate is satisfied with the safety of the plant and the regulatory authorities have no objections on waste management grounds.