Nuclear Weapons

Defence written question – answered on 11th November 2010.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at what location on his Department's website the text of its value-for-money review of the nuclear weapons systems can be accessed; which (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) external experts participated in the review; how much it cost to conduct; and if he will publish each submission made to it.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth Labour, Coventry North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff of his Department were employed on the Trident value-for-money review (a) on a part-time basis and (b) on a full-time basis; and what estimate he has made of the cost of the review under each category of expenditure.

Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox The Secretary of State for Defence

The value for money review's outcomes were published as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review which can be found at the following link:

Because of the classified nature of much of the supporting paperwork there are no plans to publish anything further.

The Ministry of Defence agreed the conclusions of the value for money review before it was passed to the Cabinet Office for consideration by the National Security Council. The Secretary of State, Minister of State for the Armed Forces and the Minister for Defence Equipment, Science and Technology were also closely involved in the review.

The review was conducted by Rear Admiral Philip Mathias and Mr Ian Forber, a senior civil servant from the MOD, both working full time, and a number of other MOD staff provided significant input to the review within the scope of their existing posts. The final staff cost is estimated to be approximately £120,000. In addition, there has been some expenditure on external assistance and technical consultancy for the value for money review which has totalled some £200,000. Overall, the value for money review produced savings of £1.2 billion and deferred spending of up to £2 billion over the next 10 years.

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