§ Mr. Foulkes
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what approaches his Department has now had from the district council regarding levels of radioactivity at Palnackie harbour; what action has been taken; and what is the current position.
§ Mr. Ancram
The Scottish Development Department was approached in July of this year by Stewartry district council for guidance on the radiological implications of the radioactivity detectable in the marine sediments in this area with particular reference to the possible renovation of Palnackie harbour. The council has been assured that the radioactivity associated with the sediment presents no danger to the public and some additional monitoring has been arranged in consultation with local authority officials to confirm this. I have arranged that officials will be kept informed about the renovation plans and they will give advice on any proposals that may be formulated.