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History of Nuclear Weapons Decision Making

Previous changes in warhead system suggests that the nuclear lobby began the programme of replacement about two years ago and the Prime Minister agreed about 12 months ago.

Here is a collection of PDF articles just published in Foreign Affairs on the


Standard Note: Trident and the future of the British Nuclear Deterrent

Last updated: 5 July 2005
Author: Tim Youngs & Claire Taylor
International Affairs and Defence Section

This note summarises the evolution of the British nuclear deterrent since the 1950s and looks at the various components of the Trident system. It then considers the possible options available, such as upgrading the existing system, procuring a direct replacement, or developing a new capability. 

Read the full document here - Attachment: trident_hans_ 050705.pdf.  

Parliamentary question: Trident replacement

House of Commons - Nuclear Deterrent - 6 June 2005

8. *Mr. Desmond Swayne (New Forest, West)* (Con): Whether it is his policy to replace Trident with a new generation of strategic nuclear deterrent. [1923]

10. *Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin)* (Con): Whether the decision has been taken in principle in favour of a new generation strategic nuclear deterrent. [1925]

Manifesto for a nuclear disarmament agenda

The Nuclear Information Service calls upon the next British Government to:

Parliamentary question: North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is their response to the admission by the government of North Korea that they possess nuclear weapons and to that Government's failure to re-engage in the six-nations talks.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): My Lords, Her Majesty's Government continue to share the deep concern of the international community about the
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