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Radioactive Material (Manchester Airport)

Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what radioactive material has been flown from or to Manchester airport; and where its destination and its departure points were, over the most recent period for which figures are available.

There is no requirement for this Department to keep records of this traffic. I understand that the amounts of radioactive material being transported from British Nuclear Fuels sites via Manchester airport are small samples going regularly to Euratom establishments in Europe, primarily for verification purposes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what future plans exist to fly radioactive material through Manchester airport; to what destination; and from what departure points.

I understand that British Nuclear Fuels has no plans to use Manchester airport for shipments of radioactive materials over and above the present consignments of very small sample quantities.