HC Deb 04 December 1980 vol 995 cc255-6W
Mr. Cook

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the strength of the Atomic Energy Authority special constables for each year from 1975 to 1980, and make a statement on the reasons for any increase or decrease.

Mr. Norman Lamont

The strengths of the Atomic Energy Authority Constabulary (AEAC) for the years in question are:

1975 376
1976 435
1977 469
1978 512
1979 516
1980 589

During the debates in the House in 1976 on the Atomic Energy Authority (Special Constables) Bill, the then Secretary of State explained that the Government had concluded that protection of special nuclear material, both on sites and in transit should be strengthened in a number of ways. This led to additional commitments being placed on the AEAC for the protection of AEA and BNFL sites and special nuclear materials in transit. The increase in numbers was necessary for these commitments to be met.