§ Mr. Flynn
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will ask the chairman of United Kingdom Nirex Ltd. to re-evaluate the benefits of the Bradwell nuclear reactor site for the construction of a repository for bulk radioactive wastes such as boiler, heat-exchangers and pipework from decommissioned Magnox reactors; and reactor components from submarines.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
No. The Government have accepted Nirex's recommendation that further exploratory work at Sellafield and Dounreay is necessary before any particular site for a disposal facility for low and intermediate-level radioactive waste can be decided upon. The facility is intended to accommodate both operational and decommissioning wastes. The Government intend to keep open the sea disposal option for low-level large items arising from decommissioning operations. Reactor components from submarines are the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence.