Commons Motion Follows Firecrest News Piece for Channel 4

An investigation by a Glasgow-based independent television production company has resulted in a House of Commons Early Day Motion being proposed.

Half a dozen MPs have already signed the motion, which follows a Channel 4 news item last week about the Faslane naval base on the Clyde.

The item – by Firecrest Films – revealed a series of hitherto unknown leaks of radioactive material from Faslane in to Gare Loch. An internal MoD review of radioactive waste management at Faslane had been obtained by Firecrest Films under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency – SEPA – said that had these lapses occurred at a civilian nuclear site, it would have considered having it closed down. The story was picked up by numerous newspapers.

Firecrest Films was set up in September last year by former BBC Panorama and Newsnight producer, Nicole Kleeman. Its Faslane investigation is the second investigative film the company has made for Channel 4 News. It was made in collaboration with Sunday Herald journalist, Rob Edwards.

It’s other Channel 4 News item was about Housing Associations – facing serious cashflow problems and resulting in a shortfall in affordable housing. It was transmitted in December (here).

Read the motion here.

And watch the Channel 4 item here.