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/14 Feb 2006 : Column 1891W—continued/
*Mr. Hancock:* To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006,/ Official Report/, column 825W, on the HELEN laser, whether AWE has supplied/ (a)/ the Environment Agency and/ (b)/ the local planning authority with the required method statement detailing remediation requirements to minimise the impact on ground and surface waters as a result of the construction of the new ORION laser at Aldermaston. 
*John Reid:* A site investigation undertaken as part of the planning process revealed that there is no requirement for any remediation and therefore no requirement for a method statement. The local planning authority agree with this analysis. The results of the site investigation have been provided to the Environment Agency.
*Mr. Hancock:* To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006,/ Official Report/, column 825W, on the HELEN laser, what/ (a)/ construction work has already taken place and/ (b)/ has begun on the new ORION laser at Aldermaston. 
*John Reid:* Construction work on the allocated site for the ORION laser facility has not commenced. The work currently ongoing is site clearance and enabling work only.