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Counting the cost of the UK's next nuclear deterrent

It wasn’t quite a throwback to the Cold War era of rowdy Commons debates and campaigners chained to the gates of Greenham Common. But last week’s rebellion over the UK’s nuclear arsenal was still sizeable. It also drew a major parallel with the past: ministers, officials and the public have little idea how much the controversial nuclear deterrent will cost.

Hansard on Trident January - March 2007

25.01.07 - 06.03.07, Hansard - Written Answers to Questions, 22 Jan 2007 : Column 1555W Trident
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which year he expects that the Trident nuclear capability would, if not upgraded, become obsolete. [116808]

Quaker Anti-Trident poster

Poster courtesy of Quakers



Credit: Quaker Peace & Social Witness, 2007. Download a full size pdf version here.

Press Release on Trident Replacement White Paper

Press Release, 1700 hrs 04/12/06, Government White Paper on Trident Replacement

Misleading Statement

The PM uses the term 'deterrence' and 'nuclear weapons' interchangeably, suggesting that they have the same meaning. But this is misleading. Nuclear ‘deterrence’ was a 1980’s doctrine that had many elements including survival exercises to ‘prove’ we could endure a nuclear war and bunkers for national and local authorities.

January 2006 Update

2002 Strategy Plan for the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston

Proposal: DOE Circular 18/84 Laser research facility (Orion) 05/02003/RESMAJ

AWE Laser before West Berks. Planning Committee for the Fourth Time

Hansard on Trident and Nuclear Transport

Hansard- Trident and Nuclear Transport

Trident, 7 April 2005 : Column 1769W

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