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Security (Nuclear Power Stations)

Volume 401: debated on Wednesday 19 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a further statement on the incursion by protesters into the Sizewell B nuclear plant on 13 January in respect of allegations that a serious breach of security occurred. [103025]

I have nothing to add to the Statement I made on 28 February 2003, Official Report, columns 56-57WS, and to the Statement made by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Small Business on 14 January 2003, Official Report, columns 547–50.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what research she has undertaken to ascertain the effects of a worst case scenario terrorist attack on Sizewell A and B Power stations; [102846](2)what assessment she has made of recent research into

(a) the number of fatalities and (b) the other consequences that could arise as a result of terrorist attack on a nuclear power station. [102845]

The Government have undertaken an assessment of potential terrorist acts against all civil nuclear power stations. The results are not published on the grounds that the information would be of value to potential terrorists.There are well tried and tested contingency plans for dealing with the aftermath of an accident, terrorist attack or other incident affecting a nuclear power station. These have been developed over many years and practised regularly in a rolling programme of local site-based exercises involving the site operators and the relevant local and national agencies. The lessons of these exercises are taken forward both locally, and nationally through the DTI-chaired Nuclear Emergency Planning Liaison Group.