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 Jenkin of Roding Lord Jenkin of Roding Conservative 3:13 pm, 16th March 2000

My Lords, will the Minister confirm that at the consensus conference held shortly after publication of the Select Committee report, Mr Meacher said that the Government hoped to have the consultation paper by the end of last year. During the debate mentioned by the noble Lord, Lord Tombs, it was stated that publication had been put off until the spring. Is the Minister aware that my consultations with the industry have evoked the response that the date is becoming increasingly hazy? Does he agree that the request for more specific information is justified by a growing feeling that the Government will kick the issue into the long grass before the next election?