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Written Question
Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons: Costs
Tuesday 1st June 2021

Asked by: Baroness Blower (Labour - Life peer)

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current annual cost of the Ministry of Defence's nuclear enterprise.

Answered by Baroness Goldie - Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)

The forecast cost of the Defence Nuclear Enterprise for financial year 2021-22 is £6.5 billion, around 14 per cent of the £46 billion Defence budget.


Written Question
Trident Submarines
Thursday 27th May 2021

Asked by: Baroness Blower (Labour - Life peer)

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Trident D5 missiles will be on each Dreadnaught class submarine when this class of submarine enters service.

Answered by Baroness Goldie - Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)

The last Trident D5 missile test took place as part of the Demonstration and Shakedown Operation with HMS Vengeance in 2016. The UK has sufficient Trident II D5 missiles for its needs.

The Dreadnought Class submarines will begin to enter service from the early 2030s. As announced in the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy we will no longer give public figures for our deployed missile numbers.


Written Question
Trident Missiles
Thursday 27th May 2021

Asked by: Baroness Blower (Labour - Life peer)

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask Her Majesty's Government when the last Trident D5 missile test took place; and how many Trident D5 missiles the UK has.

Answered by Baroness Goldie - Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)

The last Trident D5 missile test took place as part of the Demonstration and Shakedown Operation with HMS Vengeance in 2016. The UK has sufficient Trident II D5 missiles for its needs.

The Dreadnought Class submarines will begin to enter service from the early 2030s. As announced in the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy we will no longer give public figures for our deployed missile numbers.


Written Question
Nuclear Weapons
Thursday 27th May 2021

Asked by: Baroness Blower (Labour - Life peer)

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what studies they undertook to inform the decision to increase nuclear warhead numbers as announced in the policy paper, Global Britain in a Competitive Age: the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, published on 16 March.

Answered by Baroness Goldie - Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)

While undertaking the Integrated Review, the Government engaged with a variety of stakeholders with an interest in our nation's security and prosperity, and the global challenges the UK will face over the coming years. These included allies, partners, civil society organisations and businesses.

We remain committed to maintaining the minimum destructive power needed to guarantee that the UK's nuclear deterrent remains credible and effective against the full range of state nuclear threats. This judgement includes an assessment of the decision-making processes of future potential aggressors, and an analysis of the defensive measures that they might employ. Therefore, in recognition of the developing range of technological and doctrinal threats the UK will increase the overall nuclear weapon stockpile ceiling from no more than 225 to no more than 260 warheads, an increase of 15 per cent.


Written Question
Children's Social Care Independent Review: Civil Servants
Tuesday 25th May 2021

Asked by: Baroness Blower (Labour - Life peer)

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the job titles of civil servants employed (1) full-time, and (2) part-time, on the Independent review of children’s social care.

Answered by Baroness Berridge

The independent review of children’s social care is led by Josh MacAlister. The review team is made up of 20 civil servants from across government from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. It is led by a senior civil servant who is Head of the Review team. There are 4 Heads of Team covering: Analysis and Research; Engagement and Participation; Policy and Planning and Stakeholders and Public Engagement. Across these teams are 5 team leaders, five senior policy advisers, three policy advisers, a senior information officer and a senior research officer. Of these 20 civil servants, 5 work part-time.


Written Question
Children's Social Care Independent Review: Civil Servants
Tuesday 25th May 2021

Asked by: Baroness Blower (Labour - Life peer)

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants are working on the Independent review of children’s social care.

Answered by Baroness Berridge

The independent review of children’s social care is led by Josh MacAlister. The review team is made up of 20 civil servants from across government from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. It is led by a senior civil servant who is Head of the Review team. There are 4 Heads of Team covering: Analysis and Research; Engagement and Participation; Policy and Planning and Stakeholders and Public Engagement. Across these teams are 5 team leaders, five senior policy advisers, three policy advisers, a senior information officer and a senior research officer. Of these 20 civil servants, 5 work part-time.