§ Mr. Strang
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what studies have been commissioned by his Department in regard to the design and development of transport flasks or other containers for the movement of vitrified high-level waste back to its countries of origin, following reprocessing.
§ Mr. Atkins
Design and development studies are undertaken by the consigners, who then submit them to the Department for independent assessment. Shipments of vitrified high-level waste by any mode of transport will be required to be carried in containers which have been approved and certified by my Department as fully complying with stringent national and international safety regulations.