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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00301: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 31 May 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether its Resilience Division has a position on the distribution of stable iodine tablets to all households within 30km of nuclear facilities without waiting for an incident or accident to occur and, if so, what position.

Answered by: John Swinney 15 June 2016

There are currently no plans to alter the existing arrangements for the distribution of stable iodine tablets to households close to a nuclear facility.

In Scotland as part of the planning for, and response to, a potential incident at a nuclear power station, supplies of stable iodine tablets are routinely distributed to households within a designated emergency planning zone around the power station.

The office for nuclear regulation are responsible across the UK for setting the area where the local authority is required to provide an adequate off-site emergency plan, and ensure that it is reviewed and tested at regular intervals. Part of this planning process includes the distribution of stable iodine tablets to households within this zone.