Gordon Brown demands Dalgety Bay clean-up

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Labour MP and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has led an adjournment debate on radiation contamination at Dalgety Bay in Fife - his fourth debate on the subject since 2011.

Mr Brown is leading the campaign for the clean-up of the beach, where 3,500 radioactive particles have been found.

They are understood to come from instruments from World War II planes that were buried close by.

Opening the debate on 17 December 2013, Mr Brown said that despite "all the evidence" the Ministry of Defence (MoD) "are refusing... to accept that they have responsibility in this area".

He asked the minister responding to the debate to "use his influence to end these delays... and the lack of consideration for the people of Dalgety Bay that is now strongly felt in the local community".

Replying for the government, Defence Minister Andrew Murrison, who visited Dalgety Bay in July, said the MoD had never sought to abdicate its legal responsibilities or delay progress in reaching a resolution.

He said he understood Mr Brown's "impatience" over the clean-up of the bay but assured him "we are working as fast as we possibly can with the various parties to this in order to bring the matter to a satisfactory conclusion".

"But," he added, "he will understand more than most, I suspect, the complexity and the scientific and technical difficulties that this site poses, which is, I am reliably informed, unusual, which has resulted in some of the delays to which he has referred."

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