HC Deb 19 May 2004 vol 421 c1036W
Llew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made, in respect of counter-terrorist planning, of the work done by the Health and Safety Executive for the International Atomic Energy Agency on public protection from high-activity sealed sources. [172314]

Mr. Blunkett

The United Kingdom has been prominent in negotiations to revise the International Atomic Energy Authority's Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources which was agreed in September 2003. The UK was among the first to express an intention to implement the code and encourage all other countries to do the same. The UK was also prominent in negotiating action plans within G8 and the European Union, and in December 2003 the EU Council Directive on High Activity Sealed Sources (HASS) was adopted. The UK is now in the process of implementation and this work is being taken forward by a number of Government Departments and agencies, including the Health and Safety Executive.