§ Norman Baker
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the maximum liability to the public purse arising from BNFL's United States assets. 
§ Mr. Timms
[holding answer 18 March 2004]The performance of BNFL's US businesses has been detailed in successive BNFL Annual Reports. The department is now working with the company to minimise its exposure to further risks in the US clean-up market. Until that process is complete it would be premature to speculate on any residual liability that there might be.