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Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 29 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will provide a breakdown of expenditure to date relating to the costs in Wales of the Chernobyl accident in the following categories (i) farmers' compensation schemes, (ii) additional equipment purchased for monitoring purposes, (iii) additional staff time spent on radiation monitoring and administering the compensation scheme for farmers and (iv) additional staff time spent on informing the public on the Chernobyl accident and its effects.

The available information, at 28 April 1987, is as follows:

  • i. £2·64million.
  • ii. Approximately £75,500 for the purchase of live monitoring equipment and for paint used in connection with the mark and release scheme. In addition approximately £240,000 has been spent on purchasing sheep for sampling purposes and in meeting the costs of the laboratory analysis to establish their levels of radiocaesium.
  • iii and iv. The information is not available in the form required.