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Nuclear Materials

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has held since July with Direct Rail Services on security arrangements for the transport of (a) irradiated spent nuclear fuel and (b) other nuclear materials. (100080)

I have been asked to reply.

The security arrangements for the transport of civil nuclear material are kept under regular review by the Office for Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS). This involves regular discussion with carriers of nuclear material concerning all aspects of compliance with the Nuclear Industries Security Regulations 2003 (NISR). DTI officials have therefore had many discussions with Direct Rail Services since July, as would be expected. It is not Government policy to disclose details of these discussions.