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Volume 885: debated on Monday 27 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he is satisfied with the present methods of processing, transporting and storing plutonium; and if he will make a statement.

The present methods for the processing and storage of plutonium on sites licensed under the Nuclear Installations Act 1965 are subject to conditions attached to the site licences. These conditions, which provide the necessary safety standards, are enforced by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate of the Health and Safety Executive. The same standards are applied at nuclear installations under the control of the Atomic Energy Authority and Government Departments. My right hon. Friend is satisfied with these arrangements.The safe transport of all radioactive materials including plutonium is the concern of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment, who is satisfied with the methods employed.