HC Deb 19 April 2000 vol 348 cc536-7W
Mr. Llew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many contracts for(a) Thorp and (b) the Sellafield MOX plant have been signed by British Nuclear Fuels for each plant respectively. [119153]

Mrs. Liddell

Contracts and contracted terms between British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) and its customers for the supply of goods and services are commercial matters for the parties concerned.

BNFL has contracts with customers in the UK and Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Canada to reprocess spent nuclear fuel at the Thorp plant.

As regards contracts for the Sellafield MOX plant, I refer my hon. Friend to the report produced by PA Consulting for the Environment Agency, entitled "Assessment of BNFL's Economic Case for the Sellafield Mox Plant", copies of which are available in the House of Commons Library.

BNFL is continuing to pursue reprocessing and MOX fuel business opportunities.

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