HC Deb 21 October 2002 vol 391 cc34-5W
Llew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the en route countries for the rejected plutonium MOX nuclear fuel returned to Sellafield from Japan in July to September; and which (a) made representations to United Kingdom embassies and (b) direct to her Majesty's Government opposing the shipment and objecting to the shipment, entering their territorial waters. [75687]

Mr. MacShane

The shipment of MOX returned from Japan, which arrived at Sellafield in September 2002, did not pass through the territorial waters of any States, save those of Japan and the UK. Vanuatu, South Africa, Mauritius and Chile made representations to United Kingdom Embassies. New Zealand made a representation to Her Majesty's Government through its High Commission in London. The Pacific Islands Forum troika made representations to a UK delegation. Ireland expressed some concerns through Ministerial statements, press releases and in discussions with the British Embassy in Dublin.