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Hansard on AWE and Trident Replacement, 20th April, 2009

20 Apr 2009 : Column 58W AWE Management

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) public-private partnership and (b) private finance initiative arrangements may be put in place under the AWE Aldermaston management contract. [269710]

Credit crunch cash shortage raises doubts over new nuclear weapons

Infographic on Trident replacement costs

Cash shortages caused by the credit crunch will force the next government to choose between replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system and meeting flagship goals to halve child poverty, raise the state pension in line with earnings, and keep education spending growing, according to a report on the affordability of Britain's nuclear weapons published today by the Nuclear Information Service (NIS).

Nuclear Submarine Not Welcome in Southampton Docks

Nuclear powered submarine, HMS Trafalgar arrived into Southampton Docks on Friday morning, before the Sotonsafe Nuclear Safety Plan is due to be tested on 14th January 2009. All emergency services and the City Council are on standby in case there is a problem with this 27 year-old submarine. 

Independent Nuclear Deterrent

From: Ministry of Defence Annual Report and Accounts 2007-2008 Volume I: (page 39)

"28. The UK’s Trident submarine force has maintained a continuous and independent nuclear deterrent capability at sea, in support of NATO and as the ultimate guarantee of our national security."

Shortage of skilled manpower for Trident

Senior commanders are warning that the nuclear submarine deterrent could be confined to docks within 18 months unless a shortage of submariners and nuclear technicians can be resolved.

Independent on Sunday 24th Aug 2008.

£2bn bonus for US corporations if government goes ahead with Trident replacement

Recent reports in the Guardian show that there is a hidden bonus of over £2bn to US corporations if the government goes ahead with building new nuclear warheads.

American firm Lockheed Martin has a large share in the management and ownership of the UK's nuclear weapons factories at Aldermaston.

Trident warhead replacement confirmed

The Guardian reports that David Gould, former chief operating officer at the Defence Equipment and Support Organisation, stated in June 2007 that AWE would build a new Trident warhead. At a defence industry conference Mr Gould said: "The intention is to replace the entire Vanguard class submarine system. Including the warhead and missile." 

Hansard on Trident, Scotland, 21st July 2008

Ms Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of civilian jobs in Scotland dependent on the Trident programme; what the locations are of those jobs; and how many there are at each site. [219728]

Des Browne: The latest available figure for civilian jobs that directly rely upon the Trident programme in Scotland is 859, as at December 2006. It was estimated at that point that there were a further 250 indirect civilian jobs based on employment relating to support activities to the Trident programme.

Could Trident nuclear warheads accidentially go off 'like popcorn'?

From issue 2662 of New Scientist magazine, 26 June 2008, page 18: You might think nuclear weapons have been carefully designed not to go off by accident. Yet more than 1700 of them have design flaws that could conceivably cause multiple warheads to explode one after another - an effect known as "popcorning" - according to a UK Ministry of Defence safety manual.

Judicial Review of Trident Replacement

On Tuesday 10th June, Mr. Justice Simon refused the Nuclear Information Service (NIS) permission to bring a Judicial Review of the Government's White Paper, 'The Future of the United Kingdom's Nuclear Deterrent', published on 4 December 2006. Judge Simons did not accept that The White Paper's assertion of compatibility of the Government's decision to replace the UK's nuclear weapons system with its international law obligations requires adjudication by a Court.