§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to fill the vacancies on the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee; and for how long these vacancies have existed. 
§ Mr. Meacher
At the time of the last round of Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee appointments in November 1998, three positions, out of an agreed Committee complement of 20, were left unfilled. Candidates to fill two of these vacancies, under nuclear and radioactive waste management and health and safety membership template headings, were interviewed towards the end of last year. Appropriate appointments will be made in due course in conjunction with Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly Ministers.