HC Deb 09 November 1955 vol 545 cc207-8W
Mr. Mason

asked the Minister of Works to what extent, at Harwell, Sellafield, and other active atomic power stations, the full permitted dose of radiation is still regarded as safe; and if he will make a full statement indicating the dangers inherent in this type of work.

Mr. Birch

The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, in deciding the maximum permissible level of radiation for their staff, follow the recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection, which are designed to ensure that workers exposed to radiation will not suffer in health. The precautions taken at Harwell and Sellafield in fact reduce the average radiation exposure of employees at those establishments to considerably less than one-tenth of the maximum permissible level.