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Wylfa Power Station: Plutonium Creation

Lord Jenkins of Putney asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Trade of Industry (Lord Fraser of Carmyllie): Information on plutonium production has been provided to Parliament each year since April 1981. Since 1986/87, estimates of the plutonium contained in the reactor discharges at Wylfa power station have been published as part of the annual plutonium figures. I cannot answer for previous Administrations. For the latest available data, I refer the noble Lord to the plutonium figures published on 13 July 1995, copies of which have been placed in the Library of the House. Amounts arising from Wylfa continue to contribute to the United Kingdom's civil holdings under international safeguards.

Irradiated fuel from Britain's various civil Magnox reactors is reprocessed together and therefore the plutonium arising, whether in store or exported, is not linked to the specific power station in which it was created.

Plutonium is a by-product of the use of uranium fuel in nuclear reactors, including ones like Wylfa, which generate electricity.

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Youth Training Allowances: Minister Responsible

Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which Minister is now responsible for deciding whether to uprate the Youth Training Allowance and the Youth Training Bridging Allowance.

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Lord Henley): My honourable friend, Mr. James Paice, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, has responsibility for Youth Training Allowance and Youth Training Bridging Allowance policy.

EU Equal Opportunities Policy

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will set out the "equal opportunities questions" to which the Presidency Conclusions of the European Council at Cannes referred (alongside the "fight against unemployment") as "the most important task facing the European Union and its member states".

Lord Henley: The Cannes European Council Conclusions did not refer to any specific equal opportunities questions. The European Commission has proposed a Fourth Action Programme of Equal Opportunities for women and men, to run for the period 1996–2000, and details of this proposal are still under discussion.

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