Parliamentary Questions on Nuclear Weapons

The past week has seen many questions relating to Nuclear weapons and Britain’s Nuclear deterrent.

On the 30 November TLG member Bob Ainsworth MP wrote to the Secretary of Defence to ask in relation to the 11 November 2010, Official Report, column 449W, on Trident value for money review, what external assistance and technical consultancy his Department commissioned for the Trident value for money review; and how much it spent on each piece of work commissioned. Read Dr Fox’s reply to the former secretary here.

On the same day Tessa Munt MP wrote to ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the proposed UK-France treaty on nuclear weapons co-operation, whether military flights between the UK and France will involve the transportation of nuclear materials. Read the Secretary’s response here. Tessa Munt also asked the Secretary what estimate he could make for replacing the Trident System at current prices. Read Dr Fox’s answer here.

The preceeding day 29 November saw three questions from Julian Huppert MP. The first asking the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of building and operating the proposed new (a) EPURE nuclear warhead testing facilities at Valduc in France and (b) TEUTATES technology development centre at AWE Aldermaston. Read the Minister’s answer here.

Mr Huppert’s second question was similar to one posed on the 22nd November concerning the design life is in effective full-power years of the PWR2 (a) reactor pressure vessel and (b) nuclear steam raising plant. Read the Minister’s reply here.

The third question concerned what (a) contracts have been signed and (b) other agreements have been made with (i) BAE and (ii) other companies in respect of the Future Submarine Programme. Read Minister Peter Luff’s response here.