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Nuclear Waste (Disposal)

Volume 979: debated on Thursday 21 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will enter into consultations with other nations which have nuclear power stations, with a view to a pooling of efforts and experience in the storage and disposal of waste.

I have been asked to reply.It has been the policy of successive Governments to engage in international discussions, co-operation projects and research with a view to improving the state of knowledge about matters relating to the storage and disposal of radioactive waste.As a member of the EEC the United Kingdom takes part in the Community's programmes on radioactive waste management and storage research. The results of these programmes are available to all member States alike. The United Kingdom also contributes to the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's Nuclear Energy Agency whose members include the major producers of nuclear power.