Additional investment averaging some £350 million per annum over the years 2005-06 to 2007-08 was announced last year. As was made clear in the White Paper (CM 6994) on the Future of the UK’s nuclear deterrent (at para. 5-13), spending plans for subsequent years will be set as part of the Government’s Spending Review process.
I have nothing further to add to paragraph 5-13 of the White Paper (Cm 6994) on the future of the UK’s nuclear deterrent, which was published on 4 December.
The investment programme at the Atomic Weapons Establishment is aimed at sustaining the capabilities needed to ensure we can maintain the existing warhead for as long as necessary and to enable us to develop a replacement warhead if that is required. Investment at AWE will continue as long as these capabilities are required.