§ Ms Julie Morgan
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 30 June,Official Report, column 63, relating to the Atomic Weapons Establishment site at Llanishen, how long he estimates it will take to decontaminate the site. 
§ Mr. Spellar
It is never possible at the outset of such a process to give a reliable estimate of how long it will take, because the extent of decontamination work must depend upon precisely what is encountered. During the process of decommissioning and decontaminating the Llanishen site, Land Quality Statements will be produced which will determine what measures are required to render the site fit for subsequent use. Given these circumstances we would not expect the process to be completed in less than five years.