§ Mr. Frank Cook
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what has been the overall cost to Her Majesty's Government to date of the Chernobyl accident in the following categories in England (a) farmers' compensation schemes, (b) additional equipment purchased for monitoring purposes, (c) additional staff time spent on radiation monitoring and administration of the compensation schemes for farmers and (d) additional staff time spent on informing the public on the accident and its effects.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
The overall cost to date to Her Majesty's Government in the wake of the Chernobyl accident of farmers' compensation schemes in England is £242,000. The cost of additional monitoring equipment is £175,000.
It is not possible to provide an answer to parts (c) and (d) because time and costs are not recorded in a suitable form.