Minister studies Star report

ENERGY minister Brian Wilson is today studying the Evening Star's exclusive into lapses in security at Sizewell.As a full investigation was launched into how the Evening Star managed to breach the air exclusion zone over the power stations on Suffolk's coast, Mr Wilson was poring over the Star scoop that is bound to shock a nation, already ill at ease over the war against terror.

ENERGY minister Brian Wilson is today studying the Evening Star's exclusive into lapses in security at Sizewell.

As a full investigation was launched into how the Evening Star managed to breach the air exclusion zone over the power stations on Suffolk's coast, Mr Wilson was poring over the Star scoop that is bound to shock a nation, already ill at ease over the war against terror.

A spokesman for the Office for Civil Nuclear Security, which forms part of the Department of Trade and Industry where Mr Wilson works as minister for energy and construction, said that "all relevant authorities" would be looking into the infringement of the no-fly zone.

These authorities include Civil Aviation Authority, which is responsible for publishing details of air exclusion zones but not where they should be set up or how extensive they should be. According to the CAA, that was a matter for the government.


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Whether or not a pilot breaches a no-fly zone seems to be a matter of self-regulation

"Pilots themselves who know that they shouldn't breach air exclusion zones which is obviously a serious issue in this case."

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The OCNS spokesman added that the Department of Trade and Industry has "a very large stake" in safety of nuclear power stations. Safety within the stations is an issue for the Health and Safety Executive.

Plans were announced earlier this year to rename the special police force that looks after security at nuclear installations.

The Atomic Energy Authority Constabulary, which has been in operation since the 1950s, will become a stand-alone police force known as the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, completely separate to the nuclear industry.

The spokesman added: "Security of nuclear power stations is something which is under constant review.

"This was something that was being considered before September 11 and it is still being considered now."

He would not comment on proposals to follow the French lead and install missiles at nuclear installations.

"It would be wrong for the UK government to comment on other countries' provisions," he said.

He would hand over details of the Star's exclusive to the office of Mr Wilson.

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