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Nuclear Weapons

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 218172, tabled on 10 December 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what evaluation his Department has made of the requirements for radioactive remediation and toxic materials clean up at the (a) uranium mines abroad from which the UK obtained the uranium used in military nuclear programmes and (b) sites where British nuclear warheads were tested in (i) Australia, (ii) Christmas Island and (iii) Nevada.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

18 December 2014

The Ministry of Defence has made no such evaluation of uranium mines or sites in Nevada.

In 1993, following a report of the Australian Royal Commission on the conduct of nuclear tests in Australia, the UK Government made an ex gratia payment of £20 million to the Australian Government. This payment was part of a full and final settlement of the UK Government's liability for any claims resulting from the British test programme.

The Ministry of Defence has made evaluations of residual contamination on Christmas Island: the last in 1998 concluded that any required remediation had been undertaken.