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Nuclear Weapons: Decommissioning

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 23640, tabled on 21 January 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government's policy is on further developing the necessary facilities and skills for the UK to become a world centre of expertise in the dismantling of formerly-armed nuclear warheads.

Answered on

27 January 2016

As we set out in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, we will reduce the overall stockpile of nuclear warheads to no more than 180 by the mid 2020s. The Government is investing in the Atomic Weapons Establishment, which is responsible for supporting the entire life-cycle of the UK's nuclear warheads, from design and manufacture, to maintenance and certification of the existing warhead stockpile, and, ultimately, to decommissioning and disposal. In addition, the UK is co-operating with international partners - particularly the US and Norway - on a verification regime for the dismantlement of a nuclear weapon that could support any potential future nuclear disarmament treaty.