[holding answer 7 December 2006]: I refer the hon. Member to the statement my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister gave on 4 December concerning the future of the United Kingdom’s nuclear deterrent and the White Paper published on the same day.
No. The US has no veto over the launch of the UK’s Trident missiles, as my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister made clear in his statement on4 December 2006, Official Report, columns 21-38.
Our initial estimates of the costs involved in sustaining our independent nuclear deterrent capability were set out in the White Paper: ‘The Future of the United Kingdom's Nuclear Deterrent’ (Cm 6994), published on 4 December.