Atomic Weapons Establishment

Defence written question – answered on 16th June 2010.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 2 March 2010, Official Report, column 1081W, on the Atomic Weapons Establishment: floods, what cost was incurred by (a) his Department, (b) AWE plc and (c) commercial insurers arising from the July 2007 flooding at the Atomic Weapons Establishment sites; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The cost incurred by the Ministry of Defence as a result of the flood at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in 2007 was some £5 million. The Ministry of Defence Police based at Burghfield also incurred flood-related costs totalling £110,000 which did not form part of the AWE Management Ltd claim. A small claim from an AWE sub-contractor has still to be resolved.

The £5 million flood-related costs described above were incurred by AWE Management Ltd and their operating company, AWE plc, and were the costs claimed from the Department under non-nuclear indemnity.

No costs were incurred by commercial insurers as a result of the flood, as the non-nuclear indemnity is in place to cover such events.

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