HC Deb 27 March 1996 vol 274 c633W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the estimated cost of decommissioning, in accordance with International Atomic Energy Agency guidelines, those facilities due to be replaced by the new capital works programme at AWE Aldermaston. [22357]

Mr. Arbuthnot

The cost will be substantial, reflecting the complexity and duration of the task. The work must be undertaken in a careful and progressive manner and in conformity with all relevant guidelines and legislation and the requirements of the regulatory bodies. However, detailed costs of the defence nuclear programme have been regarded by successive Governments as inappropriate for public disclosure.