SCOTLAND – NUCLEAR POWER – 23 June 1998

Dr Julian Lewis: How many times he has met the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in 1998 to discuss energy policy?

[SUPPLEMENTARY:] We have learned that in March the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority had already recommended closing Dounreay. That was at about the time the Prime Minister agreed to accept a further nuclear shipment from Georgia. Was the Prime Minister informed of that UKAEA recommendation and, if so, why did he not tell the full story to the House? If he was not informed, who at the Scottish Office was responsible for the failure to inform him? If that failure was the fault of the Scottish Office, is that not another reason why the Secretary of State's reputation is fast approaching critical nuclear meltdown?