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Parliamentary question: Submarines (Pollution)

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the levels of radioactive pollution on foreshores close to the locations of Z berths (a) in Portsmouth harbour and (b) elsewhere; and if he will make a statement. [64784]

Southampton - Z berth exercise

Southampton City Council's  Nuclear Emergency Plan can be found on
For a quick example of the sort advice give to the public see:

Navy plan to re-introduce nuclear submarines into UK commercial ports

On Wednesday 22nd February 2006 a nuclear accident exercise will take place in Southampton. The Navy aims to prove that in the event of a nuclear reactor accident in a submarine moored at a "Z Berth", people will be protected from radiation. Protection is offered by advising people to take shelter and to self-evacuate from shopping areas in the town. In addition Potassium Iodate Tablets (PITS) will be distributed to everyone within a 2 Kilometre radius of the Z Berth. The so-called ‘Foxwater06’ exercise will largely simulate these events with a table-top exercise.

Southampton Z Berth update

On 8th September 2003 Southampton City Council reluctantly agreed to go ahead with a nuclear safety plan to allow nuclear powered submarines into the docks at a Z Berth.

Legal arguments to be heard over Z-berth plan

On 8th September Southampton City Council Cabinet Committee is to consider a proposed safety plan to allow nuclear powered submarines into Southampton Docks for the third time this year.

The British Navy is pushing to use the commercial docks for PR and recruiting visits, but SCANS view is that the risk of a nuclear accident or terrorist attack on a submarine berthed in the city is unnecessary.

List of UK X and Z Berths

In November 2000, responding to a question in the House of Commons, the Ministry of Defence provided a list of the locations of all berths suitable for nuclear submarines in Britain and other UK administered territories. Below is the information as published in Hansard.

List of the locations of X and Z berths

House of Commons, Written Questions

14 Nov 2000 : Column: 575W

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the number and locations of (a) X berths and (b) Z berths available to his Department. [137691]