§ Mr. Paul Dean
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what area of Somerset is to be involved in the geological research programme connected with the disposal of high level radioactive waste.
§ Mr. Heseltine
It is too early to say. I will, however, ensure that my hon. Friend is informed if and when a specific site is selected for geological investigation. As I said in reply to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Loughborough (Mr. Dorrell) on 24 July, exploratory work, including test borings, will be the subject of appropriate planning procedures and publicity will be given to the proposals.