asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will make a statement on the development of the Trident programme.
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the progress of the Trident programme.
The programme for replacing Polaris with Trident continues to proceed satisfactorily, on the lines indicated in my answer to the hon. Members for Sheffield, Hillsborough (Mr. Flannery), for Holborn and St. Pancras (Mr. Dobson) and for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks) on 26 March 1985 at column 179. Since then, one specific development has been the successful move of the prototype pressurised water propulsion reactor, known as PWR2, from Barrow to Dounreay, to undergo development tests and trials. The PWR2 will be used to power both the Trident submarines and the next generation of nuclear powered hunter-killer submarines.