Exclusive, 30 January 2014
The Scottish Information Commissioner, Rosemary Agnew, has backed the Scottish government’s refusal to reveal how many potassium iodate pills were stored, and where.
Potassium iodate tablets are an established way of preventing people exposed to radiation from contracting thyroid cancers. They prevent radioactive iodine, like that released by the 1986 accident at Chernobyl in the Ukraine, from contaminating the thyroid gland.
In a decision to be published next week, Agnew has ruled that Scottish ministers were right to withhold the information on grounds of national security. They had argued that publishing the numbers and locations of the pills would reveal the UK’s capability to respond to a radiological attack by terrorists.