Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne
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Government apologises for Sellafield body parts tests

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has apologised to the families of dead nuclear workers whose body parts were taken for testing without their knowledge.

The Redfern Inquiry was ordered when it emerged in 2007 that tissue was taken from 65 workers at Sellafield in Cumbria between 1962 and 1992.

Mr Huhne told the Commons that the inquiry found there was a "lack of ethical consideration of the implications of the research work" carried out by the nuclear industry and expressed his "heartfelt regret" and apologies to the relatives of those involved.

  • 16 Nov 2010