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Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimates have been made of the cost of modernising the submarine infrastructure at (a) Coulport and (b) Faslane. (109886)

As stated at paragraph 5-11 of the White Paper “The Future of the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Deterrent” (Cm 6994), published on 4 December 2006, copies of which are available in the Library of the House, our initial estimate of the procurement costs for infrastructure will be in the range of £2-3 billion over the life of the new ballistic missile submarines. These estimated costs include modernisation of infrastructure at Coulport and Faslane to support the UK’s strategic deterrent.