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National Radiological Protection Board Advisory Committee

Volume 981: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is going to dispense with the National Radiological Protection Board Advisory Committee; and if he will make a statement.

I shall shortly be consulting the board and other interests about the abolition of the 24-member statutory advisory committee, as indicated in the White Paper "Report on Non-Departmental Public Bodies"; and about the related possibility of enlarging the board itself to a maximum 12 members. This would take account of the expansion of the nuclear power programme, the board's increasing work on radioactivity in the environment and Mr. Justice Parker's recommendation in his report on the Windscale inquiry for involving environmental interests in the formulation of advice on radiological protection standards.