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Nuclear Liabilities

Volume 449: debated on Monday 24 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish a disaggregation by function and location of the £9,753,827,000 undiscounted costs of nuclear liabilities, set out at page 220 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts for 2005-06, HC1394, for which his Department is responsible; and if he will publish the advice provided to his Department by NIREX to which the Report makes reference. (86925)

A disaggregation by function and location of the £9,753,827,000 undiscounted costs of nuclear liabilities, stated in the Department's Annual Report and Accounts for 2005-06, is as follows:

£3,394,744,000—Costs associated with decommissioning, care and maintenance of redundant facilities (the conditioning, retrieval and storage of contaminated materials); research and development; and the procurement of capital facilities to handle the various waste streams.

Location: AWE Sites, Berkshire.

£2,132,782,000—Decontamination and decommissioning of Naval Test Reactor and waste disposal.

Location: Dounreay.

£1,052,580,000—Costs associated with the research, development and construction of the NIREX Deep Waste Repository.

Location: Not yet known.

£934,659,000—Storage of nuclear materials.

Locations: Springfields, Capenhurst and Sellafield.

£909,892,000—Nuclear Propulsion decontamination and decommissioning liabilities at various sites which conduct nuclear submarine decommissioning work on behalf of MOD.

Locations: Sellafield, Derby and mobile support equipment.

£504,144,000—Berthing and decommissioning of out of service submarines.

Locations: Rosyth and Devonport.

£332,835,000—Decommissioning of current in-service submarines.

Location: Rosyth and Devonport.

£177,259,000—Sundry provisions, the bulk of which is in respect of costs of storage of low level waste.

Location: Sellafield.

£146,401,000—Dismantlement of Warheads.

Location: AWE Sites, Berkshire.

£119,168,000—Decommissioning of nuclear submarine refit and refuelling facilities.

Location: Devonport Dockyard.

£32,299,000—Nuclear Decommissioning and Decontamination of Rosyth Dockyard on completion of the final Nuclear Submarine Project contract.

Location: Rosyth.

£10,627,000—Decommissioning and disposal of the Neptune Test Reactor.

Location: Derby.

£4,030,000—Disposal of Support Equipment which contains depleted uranium.

Location: Rosyth and Devonport.

£2,207,000—Decommissioning of a facility that processes radiological submarine effluent at HM Naval Base Clyde which is being superseded by a new Radiological Processing Facility.

Location: HM Naval Base Clyde.

£200,000—Decontamination related to low-level and small quantities of nuclear materials used in educational laboratories at the Defence Academy.

Location: Shrivenham.

The information provided by NIREX for the Department's Annual Report and Accounts is commercially sensitive. Its publication is a matter for NIREX.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to paragraph 64 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts for 2005-06, HC 1394, which international legal obligations would have to be met by the United Kingdom if it was decided to use its nuclear weapons. (86930)

The UK would consider using nuclear weapons only in extreme circumstances of self-defence and in accordance with our international legal obligations, including those relating to the conduct of armed conflict.