HC Deb 08 December 1988 vol 143 cc289-90W
Mr. Home Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the cost to date of analysing water, vegetation, soil and food samples for radioactivity levels and of administering measures to control contaminated food and to compensate affected farming businesses, since the Chernobyl accident.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

The total costs incurred by the Scottish Office are estimated to be in the region of £3.2 million comprising about £1 million for staff and associated administration costs, about £0.5 million in relation to analysis and monitoring and about £1.7 million for compensation to farmers in the restricted areas.

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