§ Mr. Meacher
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make an environmental assessment of the beach adjoining the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority plant at Dounreay to take account of reports his Department has received of the presence of plutonium particles. 
§ Mr. Kynoch
[holding answer 13 January 1997]: The Scottish Environment Protection Agency, as regulator, is responsible to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State. It monitors the Dounreay site closely, including the environmental impact of discharges from the site and the strict independent assessment of routine beach surveys undertaken by UKAEA.