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Military Exercises: Nuclear Weapons

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates the last joint US-UK nuclear weapon accident exercise was held; where it was held; on what dates the next joint US-UK nuclear weapon accident exercise will be held; and where it will be held. (201272)

The last joint US/UK nuclear weapon accident exercise (Exercise DIMMING SUN 03) was held in Norfolk over the period 16-20 June 2003. The next joint US/UK nuclear weapon accident exercise is scheduled to be held in 2010, the date and location have yet to be determined.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) names, (b) dates and (c) locations will be of the nuclear weapons emergency exercises being organised by his Department in 2008. (201273)

Exercise ASTRAL CLIMB 08, which will test the operational response to a nuclear weapon convoy accident, will be held on 24 September 2008 in Cumbria.