HC Deb 02 November 1988 vol 139 c1157


Mr. Henry Bellingham (Norfolk, North-West)

I rise to present a monster petition. It makes that presented by the hon. Member for Sunderland, North (Mr. Clay) look like a minnow.

The petition is signed by 48,326 constituents of mine, of my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridgeshire, North-East (Mr. Moss) and from surrounding constituencies. It was organised by the West Norfolk No to Nirex Campaign. The petition is headed "No to Nirex" and reads:

We the undersigned are strongly opposed to the dumping of nuclear waste in Norfolk and the Wash. Wherefore your petitioners pray that your honourable House will urge the Secretary of State for the Environment not to implement any such proposals. And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray etc.

West Norfolk is on a long list of sites. If Nirex locates an installation in or around this part of East Anglia, the consequences for the environment will be devastating. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty. An installation would meet tremendous local opposition and would have the most dreadful and appalling consequences for the environment. I am glad to present the petition. I gather that if one breaks the Mace—

Madam Deputy Speaker

Order. The same rule applies to this petition as to the earlier one. I should make it clear that speeches should not be attached to petitions.

Mr. Bellingham

I am proud to present the petition, which is probably the biggest to come from East Anglia.

To lie upon the Table.