§ Ms Julie Morgan
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if the Government will make a statement on(a) the future of Nirex and (b) its proposals for the long-term storage of low and intermediate level radioactive waste. 
§ Mr. Battle
[holding answer 8 July 1997]: Following the decision to dismiss UK Nirex's appeal against Cumbria County Councils's refusal of planning permission for a rock characterisation facility, the implications for radioactive waste management policy are currently under consideration by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions. Conclusions on this issue could significantly affect the future of the long term storage of low and long intermediate level of radio nuclear waste and he will inform the House of these conclusions in due course.