§ 15. Mr. Penhaligon
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a 43W statement on the comments by Sir Brian Flowers on the dangers of plutonium as contained in the latest report from the Royal Commission on the Environment.
§ Mr. Benn
The Government have long recognised the potential dangers of plutonium. They take strict measures to protect the material, and the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution has recognised their effectiveness. The Government will take full account of the Royal Commission's comments on plutonium in reaching decisions about the development of nuclear power.