§ Mr. McFall
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will ensure that the proposed transportation of irradiated fuel from the Torness nuclear power station will satisfy the current International Atomic Energy Authority series 6 regulations on the emissions of radioactivity from exposed surfaces of the flasks used to carry the irradiated fuel;
(2) if he will name the type of flask to be used for the transport of irradiated fuel from the Torness nuclear power station; and in which way these flasks differ from other varieties of nuclear flasks;
(3) if he will ensure that the current means of transportation of irradiated fuel from Hunterston B nuclear power station and the proposed transport of irradiated fuel from Torness nuclear power station will comply with his Department's requirements.
§ Mr. Portillo
Irradiated fuel flasks are designed and tested in accordance with the International Atomic Energy Agency's safety series No. 6 and certified for compliance by my Department. Regular compliance audits are carried out at points of departure, transhipment and receipt.
The proposed mark A2 flask, to be used at Torness nuclear power station, is an evolutionary development of the existing mark I AGR fuel flask.