The percentage of the planned defence budget spent on the Atomic Weapons Establishment in each of the last 10 years is as follows:
|Outturn spend as a percentage of the planned budget|
The forecast percentage of the planned defence budget to be spent at the Atomic Weapons Establishment is 2.4 per cent. in 2006-07 and 2.7 per cent. in 2007-08. This is due primarily to the programme of additional investment in sustaining key skills and facilities announced by my right hon. Friend John Reid on
We will continue the programme of investment in sustaining capabilities at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, both to ensure we can maintain the existing warhead for as long as necessary and to enable us to develop a replacement warhead if required. This, and our plans for the maintenance of the independent nuclear deterrent were set out in the White Paper "The Future of the United Kingdom's Nuclear Deterrent" (Cm 6994), published in December 2006.