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Companies: Radioactive Materials

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department has given advice to businesses on the storage of commercial radiological materials. (155405)

[holding answer 17 September 2007]: The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform does not give advice to businesses on the storage of radiological materials.

Regulatory guidance is provided on the respective websites of the Environment Agency (EA) (www.enviromnent-agency.gov.uk) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) (www.hse.gov.uk). Guidance can also be found on the environment agencies website for small businesses at www.netregs.gov.uk giving free environmental guidance to small businesses in the UK to help them comply with environmental legislation.

HSE has a statutory responsibility to provide advice and this would include advice on the storage of radiological materials. Businesses can therefore contact HSE for guidance and they can also contact the Environment Agency.