Paul Flynn (Newport West, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what resources have been allocated to nuclear disarmament-related research by (a) his Department and (b) the Atomic Weapons Establishment in each year since 2010-11.
Philip Dunne (Ludlow, Conservative)
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not undertake nuclear disarmament research internally. The MOD funds Nuclear Arms Control and Verification Research at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) where a core team of five personnel are dedicated to the programme drawing on expertise and resources from other parts of AWE and the MOD as necessary.
In financial year 2010-11 the funding was £2.227 million and in financial year 2011-12 it was £2.125 million. Figures for those additional resources drawn from other AWE programmes could be provided only at disproportionate cost.