§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what recent correspondence his Department's ministers have had with Swedish authorities acting on behalf of the Nordic Council of Environment Ministers concerning radioactive discharges from Sellafield and Dounreay; and what response has been received. 
§ Mr. Meacher
Mrs. Anna Lindh, Swedish Minister for the Environment, wrote to me on 27 February in her capacity as Chairperson of the Nordic Council of Environment Ministers, regarding discharges of technetium-99 from Sellafield. She enclosed a copy of a report from the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority, entitled "Technetium-99 contamination in the North Sea and Norwegian coastal areas, 1996 and 1997". I am placing copies of Mrs. Lindh's letter, my reply and the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority's report in the Library.