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AWE Burghfield

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the two licence instruments giving agreement to the limited continued use of process facilities for weapons assembly and disassembly at AWE Burghfield were issued; when his Department first required a warhead operations licence; and if he will make a statement. (190143)

The licence instruments in question were issued on 20 June and 5 November 2007. As the management and operation of atomic weapons establishment (AWE) sites is conducted under Government owned/contractor operated arrangements, it is the incumbent contractor which is licensed for nuclear operations. The first such licence was issued on 16 June 1997. The requisite licences were subsequently renewed on 29 March 2000 to take account of a change in contractor.