Defence written question – answered at on 22 November 2011.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) whether he expects development of a new systems engineering facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment to go ahead;

(2) what his most recent estimate is of the (a) cost and (b) projected in-service date for each of the new build projects in the Atomic Weapons Establishment Site Development Context Plan 2005-15.

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

The projects included in the Atomic Weapons Establishment Site Development Context Plan 2005-15 are shown in the table. The functions of the projects given in the table correlate with the headings in the Site Development Plan.

Where applicable, the names of projects are indicated where they have been finalised. Costs not shown are being withheld as their disclosure would be likely to prejudice the Department's commercial interests.

Projected in-service dates are shown in bandings to avoid prejudice to national security and/or Defence.

One of the projects included in the table is a systems engineering facility. This is one of the projects where the decision has been taken to meet the requirement without the need for new buildings.

Project name Function Cost (£ million)
2010-11 prices    
Completed projects    
IT server buildings (two projects) Computer/communications 32
New office accommodation Phase 1-Gemini (two buildings) Office and business support accommodation 78
Modular accommodation (five buildings) Office and business support accommodation 27
Car park/landscaping Office and business support/environmental 3
Outturn Prices    
Projected in-service period 2011-15    
Orion Laser Testing/research 183
Small components interim-Leo Manufacturing/production 16
Building for high performance computer-Orchard Computing/communications
High explosives fabrication-Circinus Manufacturing/production 231
Projected in-service period 2016-20    
Warhead assembly/disassembly-Mensa Manufacturing/production 734
Uranium components-Pegasus Manufacturing/production 634
Laboratory-Octans Testing/research
Projects under consideration following SDSR publication    
High explosives climatic trials Manufacturing/production
Chemical processing-Astra Manufacturing/production
High explosives assembly for trials Testing/research
Small components-Libra Testing/research
Projects not taken forward where alternative solutions found    
New office accommodation Phase 2 Office and business support accommodation
New office accommodation Phase 3 Office and business support accommodation
Systems engineering Manufacturing/production
Hydrodynamics-Hydrus Testing/research
Landscaping Environmental

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