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Nuclear Waste: Consultation Date

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:13 pm on 16th March 2000.

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Photo of Lord Whitty Lord Whitty Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions 3:13 pm, 16th March 2000

Yes, my Lords, I agree that there are some profound and long-term issues involved in the treatment of nuclear waste. It is also important, as the Select Committee underlined, that some of the mistakes made in earlier phases as regards not taking the public along with the decisions are also addressed in our approach to deciding these matters. That is why the basis for the consultation paper must be carefully thought through and the consultation process itself very thorough.