§ Mr. Foulkes
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what approaches his Department has had from Allerdale district council regarding radioactivity at Maryport harbour; what action he has taken as a result; and what is the current position.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
My Department has agreed to a request from Allerdale district council to fund, through Cumbria county council, a radiological assessment commissioned from the National Radiological Protection Board relating to the possible use of dredged harbour silt for a land reclamation scheme. This assessment has not yet been received. In addition, during his recent visit to west 347W Cumbria my right hon. Friend was handed a note on this subject by the chief executive of the council, to which a reply will be sent shortly.