§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what discussions he has had with British Nuclear Fuels in respect of its plans to increase the maximum speed of transportation of spent nuclear fuels on the railways. 
§ Mr. Hill
Discussions take place between my officials and representatives of BNFL on a regular basis. On several of these occasions over the past few years the issue of the maximum speed of transportation of spent nuclear fuels on the railways has been raised. To date there has been no change in the speed limit, and such a change would only be permitted after agreement by all the appropriate safety regulators.