HC Deb 17 February 1994 vol 237 c997W
Mr. Dafis

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when radioactive samples have been sent by scheduled airline flights after British nuclear tests since 1964; if he will list the number of occasions and by what carriers such samples were sent; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Aitken

Air transport of radioactive materials by scheduled carrier is a routine practice, conducted under the well-established international regulations of the International Air Transport Association. Since 1964, there have been 21 occasions when radioactive samples were sent by scheduled British airline flights after British nuclear tests in the United States of America. On each occasion the samples were accompanied by staff from the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

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