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Radioactive Waste

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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

[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 in accordance with licensing conditions and local arrangements. Details of such disposals are kept by district health authorities, but are not held centrally. Any waste not suitable for disposal, including the very small quantities of intermediate-level wate in the form of redundant radioactive sources, is stored and disposed of as appropriate utilising the national disposal service. 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.