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NUCLEAR WASTE: The siting of dry stores for nuclear waste is to be left for the operators of nuclear power stations to decide, John Gummer, Secretary of State for the Environment, announced. He said the decision followed an appraisal, "carried out with particular regard to safety", which had found there would be no conclusive benefits from setting up a central store or stores.

BUSINESS TODAY - Commons: House sits at 10am for backbench debates on export of live animals, overseas employment vacancies, employment conditions of senior armed forces officers, and Forth Bridge maintenance and safety; Scottish questions;VAT orders; Avon (Structural Change) Order. Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations; Education (Student Loans) Regulations. Lords: debate on education; Blasphemy (Abolition) Bill, Second Reading.