HC Deb 11 June 1986 vol 99 cc209-10W
Mr. Willie W. Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish the evacuation plans for the local population in respect of each of the nuclear power stations in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Allan Stewart

A general description of emergency planning arrangements for nuclear power stations is set out in the Health and Safety Executive's booklet "Emergency Plans for Civil Nuclear Installations" published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office in 1982, a copy of which is available in the Library. An outline of the emergency plan for each of the nuclear establishments in Scotland is available from the operators' headquarters and reference levels of radionuclides in environmental materials, in drinking water and in selected foodstuffs. These are designed to assist authorities with responsibility for the management of nuclear emergencies to assess on the basis of monitoring data, the likelihood, of emergency reference levels of dose being exceeded.

Values of emergency reference levels of dose are given in table 1. The derived emergency reference levels relevant to the consumption of milk and water are given in table 2 whilst those relevant to external dose from ground contamination are given in table 3. Given also in each table are the precautions to which the reference levels refer.

at local libraries. Detailed evacuation arrangements are matters for inclusion in the plans prepared for civil emergencies by all police forces and local authorities who are primarily responsible for protection of the local population in emergency situations.