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Naval Dockyards

Volume 222: debated on Thursday 2 April 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what are the results of the latest evacuation exercises at Rosyth and Devonport dockyards.

Evacuation of the nuclear licensed sites within the Rosyth and Devonport dockyards is exercised annually. Both the most recent exercises were conducted satisfactorily. Evacuation procedures involving the wider dockyard workforce are tested periodically during nuclear accident response major exercises. The most recent such exercises took place at Rosyth in October 1989 and at Devonport in January 1993. In both cases the evacuations were completed satisfactorily.