To ask the Secretary of State for Energy, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire (M. Kirkwood), 25 June, Official Report, column 115, what contingency plans his Department has to facilitate or undertake third-stage decommissioning in the event of the operators of nuclear power stations having inadequate resources to do so; and if he will make a statement.
I refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend's answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Wanstead and Woodford (Mr. Arbuthnot) of 6 March 1990 at column 556·