§ Mr. Frank Cook
asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he was informed during the severe January weather of the state of the roads leading to nuclear power stations in England and Wales; if his Department will now conduct a review of evacuation arrangements in the event of a nuclear accident; and if he will make a statement on the condition of the roads leading to Bradwell nuclear power station during the severe weather.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
During bad winter weather the Department receives regular reports on the state of the motorways and trunk roads in England. We are not specifically informed as a matter of course about the state of local roads leading to nuclear power stations. These are the responsibility of the local highway authorities. I understand from Essex county council that emergency access to Bradwell power station was maintained, except when severe drifting of snow caused blockages during the 36 hour period from about 8 pm on 14 January.
Questions on emergency planning at nuclear sites are primarily a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy. I would draw attention to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 18 December 1986 at columns 612–13, on the review of contingency plans following a nuclear accident.