HC Deb 09 November 1979 vol 973 cc347-8W
Mr. Gordon Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what proposals have been made for the transport of plutonium by sea between Dounreay and Windscale; what ports will be used; what safety precautions have been taken; if he will publish them; and what consultation has taken place with the local authorities whose coasts could be affected in the event of shipwreck or accident.

Mr. Norman Lamont

In connection with the Dounreay prototype fast reactor development programme, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority proposes moving plutonium nitrate by road and sea from Dounreay to Windscale, via the seaports of Scrabster and Workington. The Government are considering the UKAEA's proposals together with a report by the Health and Safety Commission on the overall safety of the proposed arrangements. The Commission's report will be published, and the Government's decision announced, in due course.

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