Nuclear Energy

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:17 pm on 13th May 1986.

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Photo of Mr Richard Hickmet Mr Richard Hickmet , Glanford and Scunthorpe 4:17 pm, 13th May 1986

This directly affects my constituency. My right hon. Friend will appreciate that the principal issue in the debate about the disposal of nuclear waste is not so much safety, which is the matter to which he has directed his comments, as public confidence. Until such time as public confidence can be restored to this area, it is unacceptable to expect communities affected by the disposal sites to be subjected to any sort of investigation, least of all a proposal to dispose of low-level waste. Much more damage will be done to the nuclear industry if these proposals go forward before such fears are allayed.