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Radioactive Waste

Volume 86: debated on Monday 11 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) when he expects to receive the list of sites suitable for the disposal of intermediate and low level radioactive waste proposed by the Nuclear Industry Radioactive Waste Executive;(2) if he will describe the review that he intends to make of the implementation of Government policy on the selection of sites for the disposal of intermediate and low-level radioactive waste;(3) who will be carrying out the review of the implementation of Government policy on the selection of sites for the disposal of intermediate and low-level radioactive waste;(4) what account will be taken of the review of the implementation of Government policy on the selection of sites for the disposal of intermediate and low-level radioactive waste when he receives the proposed list of suitable sites from the Nuclear Industry Radioactive Waste Executive;(5) how long the review of the implementation of Government policy on the selection of sites for the disposal of intermediate and low-level radioactive waste is to take.

It is hoped that NIREX will be in a position to make an announcement of possible sites before the end of the year. The review which is being carried out in the interim is essentially a taking stock of progress so far made and the time-table for the future. It is being carried out by officials reporting to Ministers in the normal way. All relevant information will be made available and taken into account before decisions are eventually taken.