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Radioactive Waste Management

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 27 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how he, or his Department, makes appointments to the panel of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Council.

My colleages the Secretaries of State for the Environment, Scotland and Wales decide what appointments should be made to the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if the meetings of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Council are open to the public.

The meetings of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee are not open to members of the public. However, the committee publishes annual reports summarising the work it has undertaken throughout the year.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what vacancies are current or forthcoming on the panel of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Council.

There are no vacancies in the membership of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee. The terms of office of eight members come to an end later this year.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the membership of the panel of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Council; and if there is any provision for the representation of any environmental public interest groups on this panel or at meetings of the panel.

The membership of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee is as set out in the latest annual report, with the one exception that Professor J. R. Greening has now retired. A copy of the annual report has been placed in the Library. The committee holds regular meetings with a wide range of public interest groups and takes their views into account in providing advice to Ministers.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what funding is available to facilitate public attendance at meetings of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Council.

No funds are available for this purpose as the meetings of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee are not open to the public.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the remit of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Council.

The remit of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee is set out in the first annual report of May 1980, a copy of which has been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what public interest groups have representation on the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Council; and whether such groups make suggestions to him for individuals to be nominated to take part in the work of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Council.

The membership of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee is set out in the annual reports, copies of which are placed in the Library. My right hon. Friend considers all suggestions for nominations to the committee, including those from public interest groups.