Nuclear Power Stations And Terrorist Threats

EDM 847

(2010 - 2011 session)

Flynn, Paul

November 2010

That this House notes that the new National Security Strategy identifies the international terrorist threat as the number one priority risk to the UK; further notes that a particular threat that could arise from deliberate terrorist action is identified as a major release of radioactive material from a civil nuclear power site within the UK which affects one or more regions; The Written Ministerial Statement in support of new nuclear power plant construction in the United Kingdom  made no reference to the terrorist threat and the severe impact on human health, environmental contamination, and economic dislocation that would arise from any such malevolent terrorist action; believes that such short-sighted decisions by the Secretary of State demonstrates minimally a failure of proper joined-up Government by ministers; and calls on the Government to make a proper, credible and transparent security assessment of any new nuclear programme before bringing any national nuclear policy statement to this House for designation.