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Atomic Weapons Establishment

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with which (a) universities and (b) other institutions the Atomic Weapons Establishment has developed strategic alliances. (280425)

As part of its Corporate Technical Outreach programme, AWE plc has strategic alliances with the following four universities: Heriot-Watt, Cranfield, Cambridge and Imperial College. AWE plc does not have strategic alliances with other institutions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) university departments and (b) other institutions receive research funding from the Atomic Weapons Establishment. (280426)

As part of its Corporate Technical Outreach programme, AWE plc has a number of commercial research contracts with various universities and institutions. These contracts are bound by commercial confidentiality agreements comparable with other commercial arrangements and are between AWE plc and its suppliers, not the Ministry of Defence. I am withholding this information as its disclosure would prejudice commercial interests.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the Atomic Weapons Establishment's Five Year Strategic Plan. (280427)

The document in question, entitled “AWE Strategic Plan 2008” is an internal AWE plc document. I am therefore unable to place a copy of this document in the Library of the House.