HC Deb 28 October 1971 vol 823 c465W
72. Mr. Barry Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he has read the speech of the chairman of the Science Research Council delivered in Liverpool on 25th October, 1971, a copy of which is in his possession, in which it is stated that nuclear power stations should not be built near urban areas; and if, in view of the Central Electricity Generating Board's application to build a nuclear power station at Connah's Quay in East Flintshire, he will re-examine his Department's policy towards this project; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. David Price

I have read the relevant part of the speech to which the hon. Member refers. The safety and siting policy for nuclear plants takes account of all the matters raised in that speech and is entirely consistent with a proper concern for them. The Board's application was the subject of a public inquiry held earlier this year, and I cannot anticipate my right hon. Friend's decision. This will be taken in the light of the inspector's report and after consultation with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.