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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 how many Ministry of Defence police officers were under investigation in 2013 for neglect of duties at the Atomic Weapons Establishment; how many such officers have since faced disciplinary action; how many such officers have resigned from the force since being notified of investigation; what steps he is taking to review police management standards at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Burghfield; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

All Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) officers are expected to perform their duties to the highest standard at all times. Any failure in such standards is taken very seriously. 44 MDP officers at Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Burghfield are currently subject to a police misconduct investigation which commenced in late 2013. This investigation concerns allegations of officers failing to complete their duties correctly. Seven officers have resigned during the course of this investigation and a number of changes to practice were put in place immediately. It would be inappropriate to comment further on an ongoing misconduct investigation. MDP management standards at AWE Burghfield are being reviewed as part of the investigation and any actions considered appropriate will be taken forward as part of a formal management action programme.

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