§ Mr. Benn
asked the Secretary of State for Defence from where plutonium exported to the United States for military use since May 1979 came; and whether there are any plans for future exports of plutonium for military use under the 1959 amendment of the 1958 UK-US mutual defence agreement on atomic energy.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
On the export of plutonium to the United States, I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Member for Eddisbury (Mr. Goodlad) to the hon. Member for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy (Mr. Thomas) on 19 November 1984 at column25, which quoted several earlier replies, including that given by my hon. Friend the Member for Chertsey and Walton (Sir G. Pattie) to the right hon. Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe (Mr. Morris) on 25 April 1984 at column 506, which may now he updated to read, "during the past 16 years". On the second part of the right hon. Member's question, I have nothing to add to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Ashdown) on 19 February 1985 at columns 406–7.