To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the existing evidence base for deflagration as an alternative to the high-order detonation method mandated by existing Marine Management Organisation licensing for ordnance clearance ahead of the construction of offshore wind farms.
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answers of 13 March 2020 to Questions 26130 and 26131 on Seabed: Bomb Disposal, how much funding has been allocated for the sea trials of deflagration planned for 2020, and what the planned timeframe is for that trial.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has not undertaken a formal assessment of the evidence base for deflagration. The Marine Management Organisation sits on the steering group for a research project on deflagration commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Defra receives regular updates on progress.
A recent project report is available on the UK Offshore Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment pages of the gov.uk website.