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Sellafield: Safety

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the mortality rate was among employees at the nuclear processing site of Sellafield, Cumbria, in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement. (323636)

I have been informed that mortality data on employees is not available to the Health and Safety Executive in the format requested.

Studies published at intervals by others provide summary information on the mortality experience of Sellafield employees compared to that of the general population, and in relation to radiation exposure. These studies have shown that the overall mortality of Sellafield employees has been better than that of the general population with which they have been compared. However, when the mortality of those specifically exposed to radiation has been studied in relation to the radiation dose they have received it shows the expected pattern of increasing risk of various cancers with increasing radiation exposure.