HL Deb 20 May 2004 vol 661 cc96-7WA
Lord Stoddart of Swindon

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Ministry of Defence has submitted a proposal to the local planning authority for consent to build a large facility at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston; and, if so, what is the purpose of the facility. [HL2821]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach)

A notice of proposed development has been submitted to the local planning authority in support of a proposal to build a replacement laser facility at AWE, which is being considered by the Ministry of Defence. If built, the facility would contribute to the certification of warhead performance and safety assurance.