§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
I have been asked to reply.
We have authorised the expenditure within our Department of £1.557 million in 1980–81 on programmes of research into radioactive pollution of the marine environment. These programmes provide scientific information on the distribution and behaviour of radionuclides in the marine environment, including the accumulative effect of these radionuclides on living organisms, and form the basis for setting controls on radioactive waste discharges. Most of this effort is devoted to near-shore areas, but a substantial commitment is being made by our Department to research related to the disposal of solid radioactive waste in the North Atlantic.