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Gilmerton Core Store

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what response the Secretary of State has given to representations from stakeholders objecting to the closure of the core stores in Gilmerton and Loanhead. (308640)

[holding answer 6 January 2010]: My noble Friend the Secretary of State has written to my hon. Friend and my noble Friend the Minister of State for Science and Innovation will do so shortly in response to the letter from Redrock Associates International Ltd.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what response the Secretary of State has made to the representations received from representatives of the oil, gas and carbon storage sectors on the proposed closure of the core store facilities at Gilmerton and Loanhead in Edinburgh. (308641)

[holding answer 6 January 2010]: The Department has discussed the issues with the Natural Environment Research Council and the British Geological Survey. But this is a management matter for the Natural Environment Research Council.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether a risk assessment has been commissioned on the effects on the national rock archive of proposed transport from Edinburgh to a proposed site in Nottinghamshire. (308642)

[holding answer 6 January 2010]: No specific risk assessment was considered necessary as the British Geological Survey (BGS) currently moves core from the oil and gas suppliers to Gilmerton and Keyworth and between its sites, and already understands and manages this risk. It also moves core as part of the International Ocean Drilling Programme across the globe. However, the British Geological Survey will undertake a combined risk assessment and methods statement nearer the time of moving. A working group of the Collections Advisory Group, including co-opted members of the Geological Society of London Petroleum Group, will consider and advise on the detail.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received from stakeholders on the conduct of the consultation process to close core store facilities at Gilmerton and Loanhead in Edinburgh. (308643)

[holding answer 6 January 2010]: The Department has received one letter from Redrock Associates International Ltd. and other stakeholders about the consultation process to relocate core store facilities at Gilmerton and Loanhead.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with stakeholders on the appropriateness of the proposed new site for the cores presently stored at Gilmerton and Loanhead. (308644)

[holding answer 6 January 2010]: I have had no discussions with stakeholders. These are matters for the Natural Environment Research Council.