HC Deb 19 July 1995 vol 263 c1661
16. Mr. Campbell-Savours

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received on the development of a European nuclear waste repository. [33389]

Mr. Robert B. Jones

We have received no recent representations on this subject.

Mr. Campbell-Savours

My question has nothing to do with Nirex and the Minister need not answer in that context, as the Secretary of State has a quasi-judicial role to perform in the matter. Why cannot there be a European solution to a European problem—there is a problem in every member state in the EU—or an international solution to an international problem?

Mr. Jones

I am not entirely clear what the hon. Gentleman means by that. If he means that there should be scope for co-operation and for a pooled use of experience, that is a sensible point. If he wants us to turn our backs on our policy of self-sufficiency, I do not agree with him.

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