Atomic Weapons Establishment

Defence written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the terms of reference are of the Atomic Weapons Establishment's Nuclear Weapon Policy Development Group; when the group was first established; how often it has met; and on what date it last met.

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

The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) does not have a body named the Nuclear Weapon Policy Development Group; there is, however, a Nuclear Weapons Policy Discussion Programme (NWPDP).

The aim of the NWPDP is to provide a forum for discussion for nominated AWE employees to develop their competencies and understanding of nuclear weapons policy and the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Established in April 2006, it has met approximately 50 times, most recently on 26 October 2010. The NWPDP does not formulate nuclear weapons policy.

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