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Nuclear Waste (Transport)

Volume 974: debated on Wednesday 21 November 1979

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asked the Minister of Transport (1) whether he will give the reasons why he will not agree to set up an independent inquiry into all aspects of the movement of nuclear waste through highly industrialised and populated areas such as London, and to ascertain to what extent the present safety precautions are satisfactory:(2) whether, in view of the recent events which occurred at Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, details of which have been supplied to him, he will review the whole question of the transport of nuclear waste through Stratford, East London, due to the danger in the event of an accident; and whether he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to my answers to his previous questions given on Thursday 8, Friday 9 and Thursday 15 about the safety precautions taken in the transport of irradiated nuclear fuel. [Vol. 973, c. 2723, 340–1 and 774–5.] The Government will certainly be considering what lessons may be learnt from the Mississauga accident which did not, of course, involve radioactive material. But I see no justification for a special review of the present arrangements for transporting irradiated nuclear fuels in this country.