Early Day Motions on the Replacement of Trident Nov. 2006 – March 2007

*House of Commons
Early Day Motions
*1017 *
*Mr Dai Davies
Glenda Jackson
Kelvin Hopkins
Mr Gordon Prentice
Lynne Jones
Mr George Galloway
* 11
Mr Mike HancockDavid TaylorMrs Ann Cryer
That this House recalls that, when summing up the debate on Iraq on 18th
March 2003, the vote which gave parliamentary authority to the
Government to invade Iraq, the Prime Minister asserted that ‘This is the
time not just for this Government, or indeed for this Prime Minister,
but for the House to give a lead: to show that we will stand up for what
we know to be right' (Official Report, 18th March 2003: column 774);
further recalls that, earlier in the same debate, the Prime Minister had
told this House that ‘We are asked now seriously to accept that in the
last few days, contrary to all history, contrary to all intelligence,
Saddam decided unilaterally to destroy those weapons [of mass
destruction]. I say that such a claim is palpably absurd'; believes that
the Prime Minister's certainty and views have been demonstrated to be in
error; notes that, when the Prime Minister presented the White Paper on
the arguments for replacing British nuclear weapons of mass destruction
to this House on 4th December 2006, the Prime Minister argued that
ultimately this decision was a judgment about possible risks to the
United Kingdom and its security, and the place of nuclear weapons in
thwarting the risks (column 21); further believes that, as in the
earlier circumstances, the Prime Minister's judgment is fatally flawed;
and calls upon the Government to postpone any decision to replace
Trident, and to devote its attention to genuine multilateral nuclear
disarmament negotiations.

Jon Trickett
Jon Cruddas
Jeremy Corbyn
Mr Gordon Prentice
Nick Harvey
Bob Spink
* 142
Sandra GidleyMr Anthony WrightRichard Burden
John BattleMr Alan BeithMr Eddie McGrady
Ann McKechinPete WishartMr David Laws
Chris MoleJo SwinsonTim Farron
That this House notes the Prime Minister's statement in the House of
28th June 2006 that the White Paper The Future of the United Kingdom's
Nuclear Deterrent would be accompanied by an announcement on the means
of consultation for the fullest possible debate; is concerned that there
has been no provision made for public consultation; believes that a
period of three months is insufficient for a discussion on a decision of
this magnitude; and calls on the Government to extend the period of
consultation to enable all political parties and other organisations
with a legitimate interest to undertake full discussion and consultation
which will enable them to present their views and make representations
to hon. Members before a debate and vote.

*Mr David Chaytor
Mr Michael Ancram
Norman Baker
Nick Harvey
Joan Ruddock
Mr Tim Yeo
* 87
Richard BurdenMike WoodBill Etherington
Michael ConnartyDavid HeyesMr Dan Rogerson
That this House welcomes the statement by Henry Kissinger, Sam Nunn,
William Perry and George Schultz on the urgency of the need for a new
global initiative to build a framework for a world free of the nuclear
threat; agrees with their analysis that the end of the Cold War has
rendered irrelevant the concept of mutually assured destruction; further
agrees that reliance on nuclear weapons for the purposes of deterrence
is increasingly hazardous and decreasingly effective; welcomes their
proposals for a US led international programme of nuclear stockpile
reduction and other non-proliferation measures; believes that this
proposal provides a unique opportunity for the UK Government to work
jointly with the US administration in the cause of greater global
security; and recommends that, pending the development of such an
initiative, any decision on the renewal of the Trident fleet of nuclear
submarines should be deferred.

*Wednesday 21 February 2007
*Jeremy Corbyn
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Mrs Ann Cryer
Jon Trickett
Ms Katy Clark
Dr Gavin Strang
* 62
John Barrett
That this House welcomes the publication by the Campaign for Nuclear
Disarmament of Safer Britain, Safer World: The Decision not to replace
Trident as a valuable contribution to the debate on the future of
nuclear weapons; and calls upon the Government to publish all the
alternatives and their costs in order to facilitate an informed, public
debate, before Parliament makes a decision.

*Mr Douglas Hogg
Mike Penning
Bob Spink
Mr David Chaytor
Mrs Ann Cryer
Mr Richard Shepherd
* 19
John Barrett
That this House, noting that it is the intention of the Government to
ask it to consider the replacement of the Trident missile system with an
enhanced system for the delivery of nuclear weapons, believes that,
before it is asked to consider such a policy, a committee of at least
seven right hon. Members should be appointed by Mr Speaker to consider
the desirability and the cost of replacing Trident with an enhanced
delivery system together with alternatives to such a policy; considers
that the Government should furnish to that Committee such information
and documents they require; further requires the Committee to report not
later than 12 months from the date that it is established; and further
requires that until its report shall have been received, the House shall
not be asked to consider any motion for the replacement of Trident.

*TRIDENT 29:11:06
*Dr Liam Fox
Mr Gerald Howarth
Dr Julian Lewis
Mr Mark Harper
Sir Malcolm Rifkind
Mr Bernard Jenkin
* 98
Richard OttawayMr Nigel Evans
That this House believes that the United Kingdom should continue to
possess a strategic nuclear deterrent as long as other countries have
nuclear weapons; and accordingly endorses the principle of preparing to
replace the Trident system with a successor generation of the nuclear

As an Amendment to Dr Liam Fox's proposed Motion (Trident):

Mr Douglas Hogg
Mr Michael Ancram
Jeremy Corbyn
Mr David Drew
Kate Hoey
Mr Martin Caton
* 9
Line 4, at end add ‘but believes that before this House votes to endorse
this principle it shall have received and have had at least six months
to consider, a report which shall be produced by a committee of not less
than seven right hon. Members who shall have been appointed by Mr
Speaker to consider the desirability and cost of replacing the Trident
system, together with alternatives to that policy, and that no vote
shall be taken unless the Government has furnished to that committee for
its consideration all such documents and information as that committee
shall require for the proper preparation on its report.'.

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