House of Commons Debate: Strategic Defence and Security Review – 14 March 2011

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence

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John Woodcock (Barrow and Furness, Labour)
Further to the question from my hon. Friend Julie Hilling, exactly how are the public supposed to maintain confidence in our programme to replace the Trident deterrent when the president of one of the governing parties is apparently given carte blanche to cheer up his battered activists by telling them it probably will not go ahead at all?

Liam Fox (Secretary of State, Defence; North Somerset, Conservative)
The coalition agreement made it very clear that the Liberal Democrats within the coalition would be free to advocate alternatives to the replacement programme. The overall Government policy remains the replacement of the Trident programme however, and, as I said earlier today, the best solution for the United Kingdom is a submarine-based, continuously-at-sea, minimum credible nuclear deterrent that protects the UK while contributing to overall reductions in international nuclear arsenals.

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John Cryer (Leyton and Wanstead, Labour)
Will the Secretary of State now answer the question from my hon. Friend Jeremy Corbyn: how much has so far been spent on the Trident replacement?

Liam Fox (Secretary of State, Defence; North Somerset, Conservative)
I have set out on a number of occasions the different areas in which we spend. We have to spend in advance because there are long-lead items that need to be spent on in order to make sure we are able to take the decisions at the points we have set in initial gate, and main gate when we get to 2015.

Read the full debate on the Strategic Defence and Security Review here.

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