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AWE Burghfield Shortfalls - Hansard, 15th January 2008

15 Jan 2008, AWE Burghfield
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1035W, on AWE Burghfield, how many safety shortfalls (a) were identified by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) during the risk assessment, (b) were resolved by the delayed 27 September 2007 target date, (c) will shortly be resolved and (d) will remain unresolved under the current single operation licensing regime imposed by the NII for each warhead handling operation; and if he will make a statement. [177368]

Compromising nuclear warhead safety in Britain

Aerial view of 'Gravel Gerties' at AWE Burghfield

A report published by Nuclear Information Service questions the safety of ageing nuclear warhead assembly and disassembly facilities at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Burghfield, near Reading in Berkshire.


AWE Burghfield Assembly/Disassembly site

Update on nearby housing plans

Prudential has withdrawn the planning applications recently submitted to West Berkshire Council, Reading Borough Council and Wokingham District Council for its Kennet Valley Park development in order to allow time for further consideration of some of the issues raised by local people and interest groups in consultation. The local authorities and other statutory and non-statutory stakeholders have been informed of this decision.

Amended applications will be submitted early in 2007.