HC Deb 21 October 2002 vol 391 c53W
Dr. Cable

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 19 September 2002,Official Report, column 322W, on nuclear weapons accident exercises (a) what assessment has taken place of the exercises and (b) what recommendations have been put forward for the nuclear weapons accident exercises his Department held at (i) Convoy NAR team standardisation and (ii) RAF Station NAR team standardisation; and if he will make a statement. [75394]

Mr. Ingram

The Convoy NAR team Standardisation Exercise held in Leicestershire in August and the RAF Station NAR team Standardisation Exercise held in Northamptonshire in September were both assessed as SATISFACTORY. A number of recommendations have been made which include arrangements for the reception and interface with emergency services, the deployment of Convoy resources, command and control, and media handling issues. The UK/US Table Top Exercise held in Norfolk in October was not an assessed exercise. The RAF NAR team Standardisation Exercise in Suffolk has taken place but the assessment report has yet to be written.