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Volume 124: debated on Monday 7 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 5 November, when he expects to be in a position to make a further statement about the cost overrun in the redevelopment programme at Aldermaston.

I have nothing to add to my answers to the hon. Member of 30 October and 12 November at columns 485 and 303.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the precise purposes in relation to the Trident project for which the new capital facilities at Aldermaston are designed.

The programme to improve or replace aging capital facilities at Aldermaston was announced in 1979, before the decision to purchase Trident. The facilities relate basically to plutonium processing, waste management and supporting facilities such as conventional power generation. None are solely for the purposes of Trident.