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Radioactive Materials: Theft

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on how many occasions radioactive material has been (a) stolen and (b) lost (i) from nuclear premises and (ii) in transit since 2003. (189069)

Across the UK, the largest amounts of nuclear materials are stored or processed on civil licensed nuclear sites, whose security is regulated by the Office for Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS), which is a part of the Health and Safety Executive. The UK’s civil nuclear sites and nuclear material transporters apply robust security measures and are regulated by the OCNS to ensure compliance.

Since 2003, the OCNS has not recorded any thefts or losses of nuclear or radioactive material in the UK, either from a civil licensed nuclear site or when in transit.

Outside the sites and material in transit regulated by OCNS, small numbers of thefts and losses have occurred whilst radioactive materials have been transported in the UK. The Department for Transport (DFT) investigates such events and takes regulatory action as appropriate. Information is available in reports published by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) on behalf of the DFT. All HPA reports have been placed in the House of Commons Library and copies of these reports since 2001 are available on the DFT website.