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Atomic Weapons Establishment

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected total cost is of the capital programme at the Atomic Weapons Establishment from 2005 to 2025. (108856)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected average annual cost is of operating the Atomic Weapons Establishment from 2007 to 2055. (108857)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department expects to complete the major capital programme at the Atomic Weapons Establishment. (108858)

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.