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Chernobyl Disaster

Volume 116: debated on Thursday 14 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the costs incurred by his Department following the Chernobyl accident on (a) compensation for farmers, (b) equipment purchased for monitoring contamination, (c) staff costs on monitoring and administration of compensation schemes and (d) staff costs on public information.

Compensation to farmers amounted to £1·4 million. Monitoring equipment was purchased at a cost of £32,000. In addition, expenditure of £324,000 was incurred on laboratory sampling and associated work. I regret it is not possible readily to identify the staff costs attributable to monitoring, administration of compensation and public information.