HC Deb 18 April 2002 vol 383 cc1138-9W
Mr. Stunell

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate her Department has made of the cost in(a) discounted terms and (b) undiscounted terms of making radioactive waste safe, prior to a long-term solution being found at the BNFL owned Sellafield site and other BNFL owned sites. [50430]

Mr. Wilson

The BNFL annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 March 2001 estimated the company's total future cash expenditure for waste management as £5.9 billion and £12 billion in discounted and undiscounted terms respectively.

The corresponding figures in the annual report and accounts for the year just ended are likely to be higher reflecting the revision of BNFL's historic waste management strategy which was outlined in my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State's statement to the House on 28 November 2001.