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Awre Aldermaston

Volume 126: debated on Monday 1 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimates were given of the required number of staff to be employed at AW RE Aldermaston for each year since 1979; and how far they have differed from the complement in each of these years;(2) how many electronics engineers have been recruited to work at AWRE Aldermaston in each year since 1979;(3) how many staff at AWRE Aldermaston have been transferred from research to production duties in each year since 1979.

It is not our policy to disclose details of the number or deployment of staff employed on the nuclear warhead programme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the AS90 warhead production complex will be in operation at AWRE Aldermaston.

The A90 complex will be operational in the early nineties on a time scale consistent with planned deliveries for deployment of Trident in the mid-nineties.