§ Mr. Ashdown
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will describe any precautionary measures taken at other nuclear power stations following the site incident at Hinckley Point nuclear power station on 29 November; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Younger
The South of Scotland Electricity Board will continue to ensure the most stringent observance of all safety procedures in the course of any operations comparable to those during which the site incident at Hinckley Point B occurred. The board will be maintaining close contact with the Central Electricity Generating Board and Her Majesty's nuclear installations inspectorate about the incident at Hinckley Point B and will take account of any lessons to be learnt. The inspectorate is satisfied that it is safe to continue to operate nuclear reactors with the type of gas circulator in use at Hinckley Point B and Hunterston B.