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Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has paid Rolls-Royce for extending the life of the reactors for the Trident submarines. (305482)

[holding answer 9 December 2009]: The Department has spent around £7 million with Rolls-Royce to assess the implications and undertake research work required to support the planned design life extension of the reactor plants, as advised in the 2006 Defence White Paper: The Future of the United Kingdom's Nuclear Deterrent (Cm 6994).

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to his letter of 28 August 2009 to the hon. Member for Keighley, ref: D/Min(AF)/BR MC03817/2009, on Trident replacement programme, when he expects to make the initial gate decision on the replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons system; and if he will make a statement. (307605)

We had originally planned to consider the Concept Phase in autumn, but further time has been required to ensure that we take decisions based on robust information. We are aiming to be in a position to make an announcement early in the new year.