§ Lord Jenkins of Putney
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What arrangements they are making to recover 41 tonnes of depleted uranium exported from the United Kingdom to Luxembourg and from there to Israel and whether they will be providing the Review Conference on the Non-Proliferation Treaty to be held in September with guarantees against future breaches of the Treaty.
§ Baroness Young
The export to Luxembourg from the United Kingdon was made in full compliance with all our international commitments, The Israeli authorities have told the International Atomic Energy Agency that they imported the material for non-nuclear, non-explosive purposes and that part has already been consumed. They have permitted the Agency to carry out an inspection. The safeguards system was successful in detecting the re-export. We shall not, therefore, raise the matter at the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, nor have any arrangements been made to recover the material.
Discussions are proceeding in EURATOM to ensure a common interpretation of the safeguards regulations with regard to material transferred for non-nuclear use. We are playing an active part.