§ Mr. Stunell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he plans to publish the consultation paper on the management and disposal of nuclear waste referred to in the Government's response of October 1999 to the Lords Science and Technology Committee report on Management of Nuclear Waste (HL 41, 1998–99); and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Meacher
We aim to publish the consultation paper on the management of radioactive waste when it is ready.
The consultation paper will set out the procedures the Government intend to follow in order to choose and implement its radioactive waste management policy. It will not endorse deep disposal or any other management option.
Copies will be placed in the Library of the House.