HC Deb 18 July 1989 vol 157 cc105-6W
Mr. Clay

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what volumes of depleted uranium and uranium scrap have been monitored and licensed by(a) Her Majesty's pollution inspectorate and (b) the nuclear installations inspectorate at the British Nuclear Fuels sites at (i) Springfields, (ii) Capenhurst, (iii) Sellafield and (iv) Chapel Cross.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy on 27 June 1989 to the hon. Member for Newport, West (Mr. Flynn),Official Report, column 387, which refers to civil depleted uranium and civil uranium to be recycled within the production process.

Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution is responsible jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for the authorisation of radioactive waste disposals, including uranium waste products, from nuclear sites under the Radioactive Substances Act 1960. Responsibility for the licensing of nuclear sites lies with the nuclear installations inspectorate under the Nuclear Installations Act 1965.