§ Mr. Gordon Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what study he has made of the report by the Australian Defence Research Centre on the susceptibility of vitrified nuclear waste to corrosion on contact, with mois- 657W ture; and whether he proposes to review nuclear waste disposal as a consequence.
§ Mr. Fox
My Department funds research by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority on the properties and behaviour of glass as a medium for solidifying radioactive waste. Its atomic energy research establishment is comparing the conclusions of the Australian defence research centre's report with those from its own work. I see no need to alter the current radioactive waste management research and development programme on the basis of present information.