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Hazardous Substances (Carriage By Rail)

Volume 979: debated on Wednesday 20 February 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport if he is satisfied that consignments of nuclear fuel by British Railways are carried under the most stringent safety conditions and if he will make a statement.


asked the Minister of Transport if he is satisfied with the security provision laid down by legislation in respect of the transport of dangerous materials by rail.

Yes. The carriage of dangerous substances by British Rail conforms with the regulations prescribed under the international convention concerning the carriage of goods by rail, to which we and other European Governments are signatories. The ultimate responsibility for security on railway property rests with the British Transport police force. I am satisfied that these arrangements adequately protect the public.


asked the Minister of Transport what representations he has received about the safety of trains carrying nuclear waste through South London.

There have been numerous questions and letters on this subject from hon. Members representing constituencies affected by these movements, including the hon. Member for Battersea, South. I have consistently emphasised in my responses that I am satisfied that there is full and adequate protection for the public.