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Atomic Energy Authority Police

Volume 959: debated on Monday 4 December 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many police officers are now employed by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority; and what was the number 12 months ago.

There are 511 police officers now employed by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority; the number 12 months ago was 469.

Will my hon. Friend confirm that all applicants for employment with the Atomic Energy Authority are vetted for security by the Authority's constabulary? What access, if any, do individuals who are the subject of police files have to this information so that they can discover whether inaccuracies have arisen? Can my hon. Friend say whether this information is made available to other Departments of State?

In regard to the first part of my hon. Friend's question, I think that the background of individuals will be questioned and examined. On the subject of files, I cannot give him the information he seeks. However, since my hon. Friend attaches great importance to this matter, I shall endeavour to write and give him the best available information.