To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the level of monitoring undertaken by his Department on radioactive releases from nuclear-powered and nuclear-capable ships in(a) Royal Navy dockyards and (b) United Kingdom territorial waters.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
Marine monitoring for radioactivity around Royal Navy dockyards and in United Kingdom territorial waters is undertaken both by MOD and by MAFF, whose programme provides an independent check. Both MOD and MAFF publish the results of these surveys. The results indicate that the levels of radioactivity around the naval establishments in the United Kingdom remain very low and of no significance in radiological terms, thus confirming the effectiveness of our radiation control procedures.