§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will extend the scope of the Control of Industrial Major Accident Hazard (CIMAH) Regulations to cover nuclear installations.
§ Mr. Nicholls
No. Such an extension is neither appropriate nor necessary. The operation of nuclear installations is already closely controlled by the conditions attached to nuclear site licences granted by the Health and Safety Executive's nuclear installations inspectorate under the Nuclear Installations Act 1965.357W
The HSE is currently developing regulations which will apply to nuclear installations requirements similar to those of the CIMAH regulations on the preparation of off-site emergency plans by local authorities and the provision of information to the public.