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Nuclear Weapons

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment was made in the best practical environmental options selection study for the Enriched Uranium Project of the merits of the purchase from the US of enriched uranium components for (a) the naval nuclear propulsion programme and (b) the nuclear warhead programme. (305748)

A wide range of factors were taken into account in identifying a preferred means of meeting the enriched uranium requirements of the Defence Nuclear Programme. These included safety, the environment, risk, cost-effectiveness, security of supply and security classification considerations. I am withholding further details for the purpose of safeguarding national security.