HC Deb 07 February 1955 vol 536 c182W
Mr. Hayman

asked the Minister of Works why he consented to the dumping of atomic waste into the sea south-west of Land's End; exactly where it was deposited and what is the depth of the ocean at that spot; how much further it would be necessary to go to reach substantially greater depths; and what precautions have been taken to ensure that the waste will be harmless when it is dispersed in the seas.

Mr. Birch

The containers holding atomic waste have been deposited more than 1,000 miles from Land's End in over 2,000 fathoms of water. The waste thus disposed of will be harmless.

Mr. G. Thomas

asked the Minister of Works what area he expects to be affected by the dumping of radio-active waste into the sea; and whether a general warning is to be issued concerning the use of these waters.

Mr. Birch

No harmful effect will result from the recent disposal of radio-active waste in the sea. The question of issuing a general warning does not, therefore, arise.