§ Lord Kennet
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they have been consulted by the United States Administration on the desirability of making use of the Russian-supplied Topaz 2 space nuclear power system and if not, whether they will examine the matter in the light of its possible effects in space.
§ Baroness Chalker of Wallasey
We are involved in the evaluation of the Topaz 2 system via Atomic Energy Authority Technology. In addition, the Defence Research Agency at Farnborough is studying the flight opportunities which may be made available by a system with such large power sources.