HC Deb 17 March 1980 vol 981 cc75-6W
Mr. D. E. Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, what are the outstanding problems encountered by experiments involving vitrification for incorporating radioactive waste in cylindrical flasks.

Mr. Fox

The next step in the development of vitrification of highly active radioactive waste is the construction of a demonstration production plant at BNFL's Windscale works. The outstanding issues public money spent, on the raising and lowering of flagstaffs in Parliament Square, the Mall and elsewhere for ceremonial occasions; what would be the saving of public funds if such flagstaffs were allowed to remain upright as in many other capitals of the world; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Monro

[pursuant to his reply, 5 March 1980, c. 252–3]: The expected costs of raising and lowering of flagpoles for various occasions in the financial year 1979–80 are as follows:

relate principally to the detailed specification of the plant and to obtaining the necessary practical experience.

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