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Atomic Weapons Establishment

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimates are of the capital costs for the proposed (a) small components manufacturing, (b) conventional manufacturing rationalisation, (c) high explosives fabrication and (d) uranium handling facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment. (244304)

I am withholding the information as disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice commercial interests.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Blaneau Gwent of 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1029W, when he expects the commercial discussions between his Department and AWE plc to conclude. (244305)

Discussions between the Ministry of Defence and AWE plc in respect of these matters are continuing. We hope to reach a final settlement during the next financial year.