Fouth quarter of 2001

Will the UK install anti-aircraft batteries at Sellafield?

WISE-Paris, 8 November 2001

[Posted 09/11/2001]

In his 6 November 2001 reply to MP Paul Flynn's written question, the representative of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Mr. Wilson, avoided specifying whether the UK intends to " install anti-aircraft batteries at Sellafield " as part of the " security precautions " taken by the Government. According to Mr. Wilson, the Government reviewed all precautions but cannot "disclose details of security measures ".

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Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to install anti-aircraft batteries at Sellafield and other nuclear plants; and what discussions she has had with her French counterpart following the French Government's decision to place anti-aircraft missiles around French reprocessing facilities. [10674]

Mr. Wilson: The UK's civil nuclear sites apply stringent security measures regulated by the Office for Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS), the security regulator. The security regulator works closely with the Health and Safety Executive, the safety regulator, which provides advice on the safety implications of events, including external hazards such as plane crashes, at nuclear installations. Security and safety precautions at nuclear sites are kept under regular review and the Government are reviewing all precautions in the light of the terrorist attacks in the United States on 11 September. It is not Government policy to disclose details of security measures taken at civil nuclear sites. Officials have discussed security issues with their French counter-parts.



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