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Atomic Weapons Research Establishments

Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will state what the current shortfall of staff is at the atomic weapons research establishments at Burghfield, Cardiff and Foulness among (a) administrative, executive, and clerical staff, (b) specialist staff, (c) craft industrials and (d) non-craft industrials.

The current staff shortfalls at the AWE sites at Burghfield, Cardiff and Foulness broken down by category are as follows:

Burghfield Cardiff Foulness
Administrative, Executive and Clerical Grades10101
Specialist Staff230
Craft Industrials3414
Non Craft Industrials813

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what financial criteria will be used to monitor the performance of the management contractors to be appointed at the atomic weapons research establishments.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the shortfalls of staff were at each of the four atomic weapons research establishments at the end of each year since 1980 for (a) administrative, executive and clerical staff, (b) specialist staff, (c) craft industrials and (d) non-craft industrials.

Aldermaston

Burghfield

Cardiff

Foulness

Administrative, executive and clerical1031461
Specialist1555121
Craft industrials533311
Non-craft industrials52186

1 January 1990

Administrative, executive and clerical361010I
Specialist135230
Craft industrials723414
Non-craft industrials60813

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which firms have expressed an interest in bidding for the initial management contract at the atomic weapons research establishments.

To date, expressions of interest in the initial management contract at atomic weapons establishments have been received from British Aerospace (Dynamics); British Nuclear Fuels; Brown & Root; Vickers; GEC; Hunting Engineering and Rolls-Royce.