§ Mr. Macdonald
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what powers the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority has to enter into binding agreements for fuel reprocessing at Dounreay in advance of a new authorisation by the chief inspector of Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution. 
§ Mr. Richard Page
I have been asked to reply.
The UKAEA has powers to enter into binding arrangements under the provisions of the Atomic Energy Authority Act 1954. The UKAEA enters into binding agreements only for fuel reprocessing at Doureay which it can carry out under current regulatory authorisation.