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Radioactive Materials: Transport

Volume 470: debated on Monday 7 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations his Department has received on security provision in the event of (a) an accident and (b) a terrorist attack involving nuclear waste in transit in (i) an urban and (ii) a rural environment; and if he will make a statement. (169398)

The Government believe that the risks of transporting nuclear materials are very small and that there is an effective regulatory framework in place to ensure that these risks are minimised and sensibly managed by industry.

The Government set out their preliminary view on the future of nuclear power in the consultation document, published on 23 May 2007. The consultation ended on 10 October 2007 and the Government are currently carefully considering the responses received before they make the decision early this year.