§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what advice and measures he has taken to ensure that the terms of the proposed fuel cycle contract between Nuclear Electric and British Nuclear Fuels plc will not operate against the public interest.
§ Mr. Eggar
Both BNFL and Nuclear Electric are wholly owned by the Government. Nonetheless, it is the Government's policy that each company should act in a commercial manner, since this best serves the taxpayer's interest as shareholder. This need to act commercially will be reflected in the terms of any contract negotiated between the two companies.