§ Mr. Bermingham
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many waste nuclear fuel train journeys have been completed(a) with no accidents involved, and (b) with accidents involved, for each year since 1982 in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Portillo
There are at present about 350 loaded fuel flask movements per year. It is not practical for British Rail to provide statistics of all movements since 1982, but in that period there have been eight incidents during transport, all of which were minor.
In more than 25 years of nuclear fuel flask movements, not one incident has occurred which led to a release of even the smallest quantity of radioactivity, or to injury to any person caused by the nature of the contents.