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Nuclear Power Facilities

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 8th January 2007.

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Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Shadow Secretary of State (Trade and Industry)

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date his Department was informed of boiler tube cracking at British Energy power stations Hunterston B and Hinkley Point B.

Photo of Alistair Darling Alistair Darling Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

holding answer 4 December 2006

Boiler tube cracking is a recognised phenomenon at Hunterston B and Hinkley Point B. HSE's Nuclear Safety Directorate has monitored the situation since the early 1990s and BE disclosed the phenomenon in its recent re-listing prospectus. The Department was informed of the recent incidents of boiler tube cracking at these stations shortly before British Energy made its announcements to the market.

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