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Scotland: Inward Investment

Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld asked Her Majesty's Government:

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    What arrangements have been made to continue momentum of inward investment to the new towns of Livingston, Cumbernauld, East Kilbride, Irvine and Glenrothes since the wind-up of their development corporations

Lord Sewel: Locate in Scotland promotes the whole of Scotland as a location for inward investment. Its approach is, first, to interest potential investors in Scotland as a business location and then to work with them and with the local enterprise companies--including those whose areas include the new towns--to identify the locations which best meet the company's requirements. In the year to March 1997, Locate in Scotland and the Scottish Office helped to attract to the five new towns a total of 34 inward investment projects involving planned investment of nearly £450 million and the expected creation or safeguarding of nearly 8,000 jobs.

Radioactive Waste Disposals: Report

Lord Graham of Edmonton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have received the National Radiological Protection Board's report on the radiological significance of past dumpings of radioactive waste at Beauforts Dyke and elsewhere.

The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Donoughue): My honourable friend the Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has now received the results of the independent assessment which he asked the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) to undertake, and he has arranged for copies of NRPB's report to be placed in the Library of the House.

The report concludes that all of the past dumpings which were identified during the searches of records would give rise to doses well within the International Commission on Radiological Protection's recommended dose limit for members of the public. Moreover, in all cases except one, the report states that the calculated doses were at a level considered trivial in radiological

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protection terms. Only in relation to the disposals in Liverpool Bay area were peak critical group doses estimated to have been above the "trivial" level, and even these were well within the recommended dose limit. The NRPB conclude that, since estimated doses from the dispersion of radionuclides in marine waters are not significant in radiological protection terms, there is no need for additional environmental monitoring in connection with the disposals.

The NRPB consider that the only eventuality which could give rise to a significant calculated dose is if one of the two anti-static devices dumped off the Isle of Arran in 1958 were to be washed ashore or trawled up and handled by a member of the public. They conclude that the likelihood of this situation occurring is extremely low but advise that it may nevertheless be prudent to ensure that trawlermen and organisations responsible for dealing with material washed up on beaches are made aware of the possibility and advised to seek expert assistance if there is reason to suspect that one of these sources has appeared. In the light of this, my honourable friend the Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Scotland are exploring with the NRPB how such advice can effectively be provided.

Meat and Bone Meal Imports from Africa

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer given by Lord Donoughue on 14 October (WA 189-190), whether more detailed figures are now available for imports of meat and bone meal from Africa between 1970 and 1985.

Lord Donoughue: Separate data on the import of meat and bone meal are not available for the full period 1970 to 1985. Data for the years 1970 to 1975 is only retained under the combined nomenclature of "greaves; flours and meals, of meat, offals, fish, crustaceans or molluscs, unfit for human consumption". In order to enable comparison, the following table for the entire period has been compiled from the Official Overseas Trade Statistics.

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UK imports of greaves; flours and meals of meat, offals, fish, crustaceans or molluscs unfit, for human consumption(1) from Africa 1970-1985 (tonnes) as recorded in Official Overseas Trade Statistics

Country19701971197219731974197519761977
Botswana0002900000
Egypt0000201800
Ghana05010000
Ivory Coast00000000
Kenya00400000
Mauritania0005500000
Mauritius00000000
Morocco0000007980
Portuguese East Africa0047200000
South Africa00008,05910,0222,465202
Republic of South Africa73,56039,53519,61925,6340000
South West Africa000014,79713,9723220
South West Africa Territories89,18213,78050,22123,3130000

(1) Meat and bone meal are not specifically identified in the combined nomenclature. The classification used is that which approximates most closely with meat and bone meal.


UK imports of greaves; flours and meals of meat, offals, fish, crustaceans or molluscs unfit, for human consumption(2) from Africa 1970-1985 (tonnes) as recorded in Official Overseas Trade Statistics

Country19781979198019811982198319841985
Botswana0300000000
Egypt00000000
Ghana00000000
Ivory Coast0550000000
Kenya00000000
Mauritania0015,45118,9082,311000
Mauritius0075100000
Morocco00000000
Portuguese East Africa00000000
South Africa43533600000
Republic of South Africa00000000
South West Africa00000000
South West Africa Territories00000000

(2) Meat and bone meal are not specifically identified in the combined nomenclature. The classification used is that which approximates most closely with meat and bone meal.


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More detailed figures are held for imports of meat and bone meal from Africa for the years 1976 to 1985. The relatively low level compared with the total meal

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imports in the above table is not necessarily indicative of a similar pattern for the earlier years.

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UK Imports of flours, meals and pellets; greaves from Africa 1976-1985

Flours, meals and pellets of meat or meat offal (including tankage), unfit for human consumption; greaves
1976197719781979198019811982198319841985
Morocco0000000000
Mauritania0000000000
Ivory Coast0000000000
Mauritius0000000000
South Africa44043533600000
Botswana000300000000
Total Africa440433533600000

Source:

HM Customs and Excise.

Units:

Tonnes.




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