To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support was provided for travel and overnight accommodation for stakeholders invited to the two national workshops held in January 2015 in Birmingham and Glasgow as part of the public consultation on an interim submarine nuclear reactor pressure vessel storage site; what the total cost to the public purse was of those workshops; and what fee was paid to the consultancy Instinctif for organising those workshops.
For the national events held in Birmingham and Glasgow, travel and subsistence expenses totalling £1,240 are expected to be paid to attendees. Those receiving expenses are individuals or groups with specialist knowledge or a particular interest in the project, including members of the Submarine Dismantling Project Advisory Group.
The approximate total cost of the Birmingham event was £23,020 and the Glasgow event was £25,670. This included the cost of venue hire; catering; staff and stakeholder travel and subsistence; and a fee of £12,950 per event to organisers Instinctif.