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AWE Burghfield

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what occasions his Department has asked AWE Burghfield to cease live nuclear work in the last 12 months; and for what reasons each such request was made. (205233)

There are no occasions when the Ministry of Defence has asked AWE Burghfield to cease live nuclear work.

On 20 July 2007, AWE was affected by flooding resulting in temporary disruption. At that time, AWE plc., the nuclear site licensee, took a decision not to undertake live nuclear work until remedial work had been undertaken. This decision was made in consultation with the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate and with Ministry of Defence officials, and was consistent with our planned operational programmes. Live working has now resumed.