§ Mr. David Alton
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what steps his Department takes to monitor the end-use of plutonium 240 exported overseas.
§ Mr. Eggar
[holding answer 22 June 1993]: A licence is required for the export of plutonium-240. The Government take into account end-use and destination in assessing a licence application.
Plutonium-240 is not classified as a special fissionable material. However, materials containing plutonium-240 are associated with other isotopes of plutonium which are subject to safeguards. Such materials would therefore come under the oversight of the international safeguards authorities.