Brown demands action over beach

Former prime minister Gordon Brown has renewed pressure on the Ministry of Defence to act to deal with radioactive particles found on a Scottish beach.

The Labour MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath previously branded the "dumped" materials at Dalgety Bay in Fife an "undeniable hazard" for those living nearby.

Mr Brown repeated his demand for a face-to-face meeting with Defence Secretary Philip Hammond to discuss the radiation contamination issue in mid-January this year after calling for a meeting during a Commons debate the previous November.

He also urged the MoD to act over a second area of radiation in his constituency, asking in late January what the Defence Secretary planned to do following the discovery of particles at Crowhill Wood, Fife.

In a series of fresh written parliamentary questions submitted this month, Mr Brown asked Mr Hammond what recent assessment he had made of reports on the incidence of cancer in the Dalgety Bay area.

He also asked Mr Hammond whether he had received any representations about the repositioning of radioactive materials from the Dalgety Bay foreshore and whether talks with Moray Estates on Dalgety Bay foreshore had taken place.

In his written response, Minister of State for the Armed Forces Andrew Robathan replied: "The Ministry of Defence has made no assessment of the recent reports concerning the incidence of cancer as this is not within its remit."

He added: "The Ministry of Defence has not received any representations about the repositioning of radioactive materials from the Dalgety Bay foreshore. No discussions have occurred or are planned with Moray estates."

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