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Sizewell B

Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 29 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what specific areas of the Central Electricity Generating Board safety case for Sizewell B have yet to be fully accepted for licensing purposes by the Nuclear Installions Inspectorate.

My right hon. Friend informed the House in his statement of 12 March, at columns 475–7, that the NII judges that there are no safety obstacles of substance to the issue of the licence. The NII are now finalising the drafting of the pre-construction safety report with the Central Electricity Generating Board.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy; further to his statement on 12 March, Official Report, columns 475–77, if he intends to publish in full the final pre-construction safety report and the final safety review as soon as they are available, as recommended by Sir Frank Layfield in the Sizewell B inquiry report.

My right hon. Friend accepted this recommendation in principle in his letter of 12 March 1987 to the chairman of the CEGB giving his consent to the station. He urged the CEGB to publish these reports insofar as it can do so within the constraints of commercial sensitivity, as soon as possible after it has submitted them to the NII. My right hon. Friend has placed a copy of his letter in the Library.