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Nuclear Waste

Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 15 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make arrangements for more detailed maps than those indicated in the NIREX consultative document, "The Way Forward", to be placed in the Library for those areas indicated as exhibiting geological potential for the possible disposal of nuclear waste; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 14 December 1987]: This is a matter for NIREX. However, as I indicated to the hon. Gentleman during Scottish Question Time on Wednesday 9 December my officials have drawn your comments to NIREX's attention.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much low and intermediate radioactive waste is produced in National Health Service hospitals in Scotland.

[holding answer 14 December 1987]: Virtually all the waste from the use of radioactive substances in medical practice consists of low or very low-level material, which is disposed of either locally, as it arises, or via the national disposal service. Details of such disposals are kept by health boards but are not held centrally. Any waste not suitable for disposal, including the very small quantities of intermediate level waste in the form of redundant radioactive sources, is stored; the amount is included in the national waste inventory published in the annual reports of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee, which are available in the Library.