Trident Replacement

EDM 909

(2010 - 2011 session)

Jamieson, Cathy

January 2011

That this House welcomes the announcement of a reduction in operational warheads from 160 to 120 in the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) and a delay in the Main Gate decision until 2016; regrets that consideration of the necessity of retaining nuclear weapons was not formally included in the SDSR; notes that the threat of a state-originated nuclear attack on the UK was described asof low likelihood in the National Security Strategy; and therefore calls on the Government to ensure that a full public review of the UK’s possession of nuclear weapons is held prior to the Main Gate decision-point.

[“Main gate” is military jargon for the main, final decision to go ahead and build the new submarines, the point of no return when ministers sign contracts and start spending billions of pounds.  It was expected last autumn, but has been constantly put back, and is not now expected until after the next election.]