§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make it his policy to give a direction that no further contracts for advanced gas-cooled reactor spent fuel be entered into until all options for nuclear waste disposal have been further considered.
§ Mr. Goodlad
No. As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment said in his first stage response to the Environment Committee's report on radioactive waste, his Department has already published an analysis of the best practicable environmental options for the disposal of low level and intermediate level waste. A principal conclusion of this study was that there are practicable and financially realistic options for the storage and disposal of radioactive waste which also satisfy regulatory constraints in relation to safety and environmental protection. The Environment Committee has also concluded that safe disposal routes are available to the United Kingdom.