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Manpower shortages in MoD operational nuclear submarine safety personnel

Nuclear Submarine issues raised in the Ministry of Defence Annual Performance Report 2007/8

Operational 'pinch points'

Category A Nuclear Watchkeepers Shortfall of 53 Watchkeepers out of 271 - a shortfall of 24%

Category B Nuclear Watchkeepers A shortfall of 77 Watchkeepers out of 417 a shortfall of 18%


NIS technical briefing note: JSP 538 – Regulation of the Nuclear Weapons Programme

‘Joint Services Publication 538: Regulation of the Nuclear Weapon Programme’ (JSP 538) is the definitive Ministry of Defence guidance document on nuclear and radiological safety requirements within the UK nuclear weapons programme. A redacted copy of the full 522 page document was placed in the House of Commons Library in May 2008 in response to a Parliamentary Question1. This NIS technical briefing provides a brief summary of its contents and a commentary on some salient points.

Download the full report below:


Please find the attached Announcement of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee consultation inviting submissions no later than 29th September 2008. NIS will make a submission on Treaty legal obligations and Disarmament Verification.


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.

Trident Costs - Public Finance News

Public Finance understands that the 87-strong Labour rebellion could have been bigger had the spin around costs been better assessed. Following a debate that led one minister to resign and 15 former ministers – including ex-home secretary Charles Clarke – to reject Blair’s policy, one senior rebel said: ‘Several floating voters in the Labour camp considered opposing the project but concluded that a £20bn top-end cost wasn’t significant for a 30-year deterrent.’ Well, how does £91bn sound?

Trident renewal, Commons Vote on 16th March 2007

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.

[Also, according to a 2005 MORI poll this decision does not have public support] 

No Replacement Trident Early Day Motion

New EDM on Trident consultation, rapidly gaining signatures, currently 52 sigs: Lab 35, LibDem 9, Tory 2, others 6 on 12th Jan 2007 


Trickett, Jon (09.01.2007)

MOD Trident Replacement White Paper Protests

Protest at the Faslane submarine base in Scotland and at AWE Aldermaston
on Monday 12th December focused on the government's White Paper proposing

Defence Select Committee Hearings House of Commons

Defence Select Committee Hearings House of Commons
Tuesday 21 November 2006

Trade Unions leaders gave evidence on Tuesday to the Defence committee inquiry into the Future of the UK's nuclear weapons on the skills and manufacturing base.
Bernie Hamilton from Amicus, Keith Hazlewood,GMB and Terry Waiting from the Keep Our Future Afloat Campaign argued that their members needed nuclear weapons production
in order to keep their jobs.

In the afternoon Dominick Jenkins,Greenpeace and Kate Hudson,CND put the opposite case: