§ Mr. Foulkes
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what projects are currently under way at the atomic weapons research establishment, Aldermaston; what work is planned to finish within the next year; what new projects are planned for the establishment; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Aitken
We are committed to maintaining the United Kingdom's minimum nuclear deterrent. The atomic weapons establishment has a complex and continuing programme of work in fulfilment of this policy, including support for in-service weapons, the Trident programme, and preliminary work towards a possible replacement for the WE177 free-fall nuclear bomb.