§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what percentage of the relevant staff of(a) the Electricity and Nuclear Fuels division and (b) the Atomic Energy division have been trained to enable them to respond to an emergency at a civil nuclear site; and if he will set out the factors underlying this.
§ Mr. Charles Wardle
By the close of 1993–94,95 per cent. of new staff of Atomic Energy Division had been trained, during their first nine months in post, to enable168W them to respond to an emergency at a civil nuclear site. This was achieved through participation in exercises. In addition, 90 per cent. of the staff of this division had, again by close of 1993–94, received further training by participating in more than one exercise. Due to organisational changes, training now covers relevant staff of both Electricity and Nuclear Fuels Division and Atomic Energy Division. Future statistics will be on the basis of both these divisions. The training is intended to ensure that the relevant Department of Trade and Industry staff are trained and able to respond in the most unlikely event of a civil nuclear emergency.