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Nuclear Weapons

Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many special studies on (a) the safety in storage, (b) the safety in transport, (c) the safety in deployment and (d) the mechanics of dismantlement of nuclear weapons have been conducted by his Department since 1979; and what has been the respective cost of such studies.

The safety of our nuclear weapons is under continuous review to ensure that stringent safety standards are maintained in all such areas. It is not possible to identify separately the costs of studies from the general costs of work on safety.