HC Deb 09 July 2001 vol 371 c374W
Llew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the text of the letter sent to the hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent, dated 11 May, concerning the remit of consultants Arthur D. Little in the independent appraisal of the revised BNFL economic and market assessment for plutonium MOX fuel; and if she will place in the Library a copy of the completed ADL study. [1758]

Mr. Meacher

My letter to my hon. Friend was dated 30 May; the answer I gave on 11 May 2001,Official Report, column 386W, said that I would write to him. I have placed a copy of my 30 May letter in the Library of the House.

We intend to publish the Arthur D. Little report as soon as possible, excluding only that material—such as contract prices—whose publication would cause unreasonable commercial damage to BNFL's commercial operations or to the economic case for the MOX plant itself. A copy of this, too, will be placed in the Library. We propose to allow people four weeks for comment.