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Nuclear-Free Zones

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 26 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce legislation to prevent the movement of nuclear materials through areas which have been declared nuclear-free zones by local authorities; and if he will make a statement.

No. The present arrangements are fully adequate for the needs of public safety. The phrase "nuclear-free zone" appears to have no legal meaning or practical effect and the declarations by local authorities are political statements rather than effective decisions under their powers.