HC Deb 05 February 2004 vol 417 c1044W
Mr. Charles Kennedy

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what regulations govern the discharge of coolants from nuclear submarines in British waters, with particular regard to distance from shore; and what procedures are used to ensure that these regulations are adhered to, with particular reference to radioactivity of the discharged coolant; and if he will make a statement. [152754]

Mr. Ingram

The Radioactive Substances Act (1993) (RSA(93)) governs the accumulation, use and disposal of radioactive materials. Discharges within the 12-mile limit or within known fishing grounds are permitted only for safety or operational reasons, and only if activity levels are below statutory limits. While specifically exempted from the provisions of the Act, the Secretary of State for Defence continues to comply voluntarily with RSA (93) when controlling discharges of primary coolant from RN nuclear submarines.