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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when preliminary discussions commenced with the French government on the scope of the treaty between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the French Republic relating to joint radiographic/hydrodynamics facilities; and which teams from (a) his Department and (b) the Atomic Weapons Establishment were involved in preparation of the treaty.
Substantive discussions on the potential scope of a treaty between the UK and France for the construction and operation of joint radiographic facilities at Valduc, France and the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), commenced in July 2010. These followed preliminary discussions based on an earlier proposal made in January 2009.
Within the Ministry of Defence these discussions were led by a multidisciplinary team including policy, technical and legal experts. Support from AWE was provided by the Directorate of Research and Applied Science.