AWE Burghfield

Defence written question – answered on 22nd January 2014.

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Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Liberal Democrat, North Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when emergency flood defences have been deployed at the Atomic Weapons Establishment Burghfield since the flood event of July 2007.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Since July 2007, emergency flood defences have been deployed 26 times at Atomic Weapons Establishment Burghfield. 13 deployments followed weather warnings and 13 routine deployments were made to ensure preparedness during periods of site closure, such as holiday periods. The dates are as follows:

As a result of weather warnings:

from 14 May 2009 to 15 May 2009 from 16 July 2009 to 17 July 2009 from 15 January 2010 to 18 January 2010 from 27 February 2010 to 1 March 2010 from 18 August 2011 to 19 August 2011 from 22 August 2011 to 29 August 2011 from 27 April 2012 to 30 April 2012 from 2 May 2012 to 3 May 2012 from 24 August 2012 to 28 August 2012 from 21 September 2012 to 24 September 2012 from 23 November 2012 to 26 November 2012 from 25 October 2013 to 28 October 2013 from 23 December 2013 to 2 January 2014

To ensure preparedness during site closure:

from 23 December 2008 to 5 January 2009 from 9 April 2009 to 14 April 2009 from 1 May 2009 to 05 May 2009 from 22 May 2009 to 26 May 2009 from 28 August 2009 to 1 September 2009 from 23 December 2009 to 5 January 2010 from 1 April 2010 to 6 April 2010 from 30 April 2010 to 4 May 2010 from 28 May 2010 to 1 June 2010 from 27 August 2010 to 31 August 2010 from 23 December 2010 to 3 January 2011 from 23 December 2011 to 2 January 2012 from 21 December 2012 to 2 January 2013

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