asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many separate items of correspondence have been received to date from members of the Cleveland community on the NIREX proposals to dispose of radioactive waste in Billingham; and of these how many express (a) approval, (b) opposition and (c) disinterest in the proposals.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
Up to 16 July my Department had received approximately 2,780 letters about the interest of the Nuclear Industry Radioactive Waste Executive in the anhydrite mine at Billingham. Many of these followed standard forms, and were sent in bulk by the group called Billingham Against Nuclear Dumping. All of them expressed varying degrees of opposition to the possible use of the mine for the disposal of radioactive waste.