Nuclear Weapons

Defence written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) what assessment he has made of the conclusions of the 2008 and 2009 Assurance Reports from the Defence Nuclear Environment and Safety Board on safety in the defence and nuclear programmes; and whether he plans to publish the 2010 report of the Board;

(2) whether hon. Members will be given access to the Defence Nuclear Environment and Safety Board's 2010 Assurance Report.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence's (MOD) principal safety body, the Defence Environmental and Safety Board, has assessed both the 2008 and 2009 reports. It concluded that the Defence nuclear programmes are being conducted safely and an appropriate programme of work is in hand to deliver continuous safety improvement against the issues raised.

The 2010 report is currently being reviewed to identify whether any information needs to be withheld. It will then be published on the MOD website at the following address:

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/MicroSite/DES/OurPublications/HealthandSafety/DefenceNuclearEnvironmentAndSafetyBoardAssuranceReports.htm

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