§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether any radioactive waste is imported into the United Kingdom as a constituent part of spent irradiated nuclear fuel.
§ Mr. Maclean
Nuclear material is classified as waste only if no further use is foreseen for it. Spent nuclear fuel imported for reprocessing does not meet this criterion. Constituents of such spent fuel only become waste when they are separated in the reprocessing plant from the potentially valuable uranium and plutonium.