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Nuclear Weapons: Transport

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 15th May 2018.

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Photo of Deidre Brock Deidre Brock Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Devolved Government Relations), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Fair Work and Employment), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many incidents excluding trivial incidents involving the nuclear weapons convoys between Coulport and Berkshire there have been in each of the last ten years which were classified as (a) engineering incidents to nuclear convoy vehicles and (b) operational incidents.

Photo of Guto Bebb Guto Bebb The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The transportation of Defence Nuclear Material, including warheads, is carried out to the highest standard in accordance with stringent safety regulations.

We record every incident and occurrence during a convoy, which could consist of over 20 vehicles, regardless of how minor. This may, for example, include very minor occurrences such as a vibration in the wing-mirror glass of a vehicle. The list below comprises largely unscheduled stops to make minor maintenance checks on the vehicles - none posed any risk to the public.

Defence Nuclear Material Movements 2008 -2017

Engineering

Operational

2008

9

3

2009

2

4

2010

13

1

2011

10

2

2012

19

3

2013

5

5

2014

6

6

2015

6

4

2016

17

21

2017

20

24

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