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Faslane

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hours of work were required to complete the recent revalidation assisted maintenance periods at Faslane naval base on (a) HMS Vigilant, (b) HMS Vengeance and (c) HMS Sceptre. (105551)

The following table shows the man-hours of work to complete the recent Revalidation Assisted Maintenance Periods (RAMPs) for HMS Vigilant, HMS Vengeance and HMS Sceptre:

RAMP

Man-hours

Period (weeks)

HMS Vigilant

116,000

40

HMS Vengeance

71,000

26

HMS Sceptre

97,500

40

The figures include work carried out by both MOD staff and staff employed by Babcock Naval Services, who carried out the RAMPS on behalf of the Department, but does not include the time worked by subcontractors as this information is not held.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the total working hours of all civilian personnel employed at (a) Faslane naval base and (b) RNAD Coulport is spent on work (i) exclusively related to Trident, (ii) unrelated to Trident and (iii) partly related to Trident. (105552)

Faslane and Coulport form part of HM Naval Base Clyde, which carries out all the normal functions of a naval base. The requested information is not centrally held and could be provided only at disproportionate cost, but it is estimated that around 60 per cent. of the total working hours of civilian personnel employed at the naval base is spent on Trident-related work.