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Nuclear Deterrent

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to publish a consultation paper on the future of the UK’s nuclear deterrent; and if he will make a statement. (81610)

I have nothing further to add to the statements made by my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House on 22 June 2006, Official Report, column 1468, and my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 28 June 2006, Official Report, column 253.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the unpredictability of future threats to the United Kingdom between 2020 and 2050 as a factor in deciding whether to build a new generation of the nuclear deterrent. (81841)

Work by officials is under way to prepare for decisions, which will be taken later this year, on the future of the United Kingdom's nuclear deterrent. This work includes an analysis of possible future risks and threats over the potential life of any replacement for Trident. It is, however, too early to draw any conclusions.