HC Deb 22 October 1990 vol 178 cc62-3W
27. Mr. Wallace

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information he has about the monthly average number of movements and volume of radioactive materials carried by ships in British coastal waters

Mr. McLoughlin

The Department does not collect data of the kind requested.

The safety regulations for the transport of all radioactive materials in this country are based on stringent internationally agreed standards laid down by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In brief, these require safety to be "built in" to the design of the container used for transport so that the contents would not present a significant radiological hazard even in the event of a severe accident.