Atomic Weapons Establishment

Defence written question – answered on 16th June 2010.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Leader of the Green Party

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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