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Nuclear Weapons

Defence written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contracts (a) have been awarded and (b) are expected to be awarded for the inception, design and construction of Project Hydrus at the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

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

Project Hydrus is part of the Nuclear Warhead Capability Sustainment Programme and is, therefore, incorporated in the management and operation contract between the Ministry of Defence and AWE Management Ltd.

Work under this contract, in relation to Hydrus, includes the awarding of subcontracts by AWE plc for inception, design, site preparation and construction. I am withholding the details of these contracts as disclosure would prejudice commercial interests.

The collaborative Anglo-French programme, Teutates, announced by the Prime Minister on 2 November 2010, Hansard, column 32WS, means that Hydrus will not now proceed as originally envisaged. Construction activities will therefore not be undertaken.

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