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Aldermaston

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned expenditure on hydrodynamic testing at the Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment is in each of the next three years. (78952)

It is planned to spend in the order of £5 million on hydrodynamic testing at the Atomic Weapons Establishment this year, rising to around £6 million by the end of 2007-08. The precise budget beyond that has not been finalised.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected capital costs are for the construction of the centralised Explosive Handling Facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston. (79093)

Mature costings are not available and disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice commercial interests.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected capital costs are for the construction of new Material Science facilities at the Atomic Weapons Establishment sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield. (79094)

Mature costings are not available and disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice commercial interests.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are to introduce a petaflop computing capability at the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment. (79095)

Petaflop technology is not expected to be available before the end of the decade.