Examination of Witnesses (Questions 80-82)|
TUESDAY 9 JULY 2002
80. You might be able to re-look at it with
Nirex about whether it is underground storage or whatever?
(Mr Roche) I think any new organisation which is set
up ought to have, as its remit, finding the best way to manage
waste, rather than it being assumed that the waste goes down a
deep hole. That would fit in with the basis upon which the current
nuclear waste management consultation process has been carried
out as well.
81. I hope this does not seem an impertinent
question but I think you have more interest in the police arrangements
than any other body! Do you have any views on the new police authority?
(Dr Parr) Actually it is the only chapter of the White
Paper I have not read.
(Mr Roche) I remember going to a meeting when the
UKAEA police were first set up which was addressed by Robin Cook
and he said that he had come top of the National Council for Civil
Liberties' poll of the best MP every year up until the year when
he had voted in favour of the setting up of the UK Atomic Energy
Authority, but he felt that he had to do it because the material
was there, plutonium was available for theft and so on, so I suppose
I feel a bit like that about it all.
82. Save your blushes. It is okay. Perhaps you
want to send us a submission on that because I do not think we
are going to get a lot of response now, but there is one last
point. You have very kindly offered to give us the Sadnicki report
which we are happy to have and I think that you want to take it
on the basis that, if necessary, we could see comments from other
people and let you have the comments hopefully within the time
period that we are producing the report. We will certainly publish
it in its entirety, but we might want comments from other people,
if necessary, and we would offer you the chance to make a response.
Is that acceptable? I know we are not going to put it in the domain,
but if there are questions about the bookkeeping arrangements
of UKAEA or, for that matter, BNFL or, for that matter, the DTI,
I think they should be able to respond, and you have the right
to comment on their responses. We will endeavour to do that within
the time available and that is a big caveat, but if we can, we
will. I would be prepared to accept the evidence from you on that
(Dr Parr) That is acceptable to us.
Chairman: Thank you very much. I just wanted
to clear that up. If you have any other points you want to address
when you read the last chapter, send us a note and we will be
happy to receive it. Thank you very much.