HC Deb 13 November 2000 vol 356 cc500-1W
Mr. Llew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representation his Department received at the Plutonium 2000 Conference held in Brussels in October; and what assessment he has made of the presentation made on the business viability of BNFL's plutonium MOX fuel plans. [137870]

Mrs. Liddell

Officials from my Department attended the Plutonium 2000 Conference but received no formal representations.

Presentations made at the Conference will be considered in the context of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions' forthcoming consultation document on Radioactive Waste Management as appropriate.

£ million
1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000
(a) On-shore wind 3.4 2.5 1.2 1.0 0.9
(e) Off-shore wind1
(b) Biomass energy 3.4 2.7 1.4 1.2 1.6
(c) Wave power 0.08 0.14 0.06 0.17 0.15
(d) Solar energy2 1.9 2.0 1.7 1.0 1.3
1 Historically data are not broken down between on-shore and off-shore wind technologies.
2 Up to 1998 the solar programme was focused on passive solar design of buildings. Since then work has primarily focused on photovoltaics.

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