HC Deb 11 February 1999 vol 325 c409W
Ms Jenny Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to his answer of 15 December 1998,Official Report, column 453, on Sellafield, if the relevant emergency planning officers were informed of the two shipments of mixed oxide fuel. [69765]

Mr. Battle

The relevant Home Office Chief Constables, rather than relevant Local Authority emergency planning officers, are given advance notification of such shipments. This is because it is for the police to initiate and take charge of the implementation of well rehearsed emergency plans in the unlikely event of any safety incident involving nuclear material.

Consequently, only key nuclear operations personnel, the police and appropriate security authorities need to be or are informed of such movements in advance.