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Nuclear Weapons

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the countries that have the capability of firing a nuclear weapon that could reach (a) the UK, (b) Japan and (c) Venezuela. (108973)

Several countries have the capability to fire nuclear armed missiles which are able to strike a range of targets around the world including the UK, Japan and Venezuela. These capabilities are summarised in Box 2-2 of the White Paper ‘The Future of the United Kingdom's Nuclear Deterrent’ (Cm 6994), published on 4 December.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will break down by main budget heading the costs of the new Trident nuclear deterrent. (109889)

Paragraphs 5-11 to 5-14 of the White Paper: “The Future of the United Kingdom's Nuclear Deterrent” (Cm 6994), published on 4 December, set out our current estimate of the overall costs involved in sustaining our current independent statement. A more accurate breakdown is not yet available. Copies of the White Paper are available in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will prove a break down by main budget heading the costs of replacing the nuclear fleet with three submarines. (109955)

I have nothing further to add to paragraph 5-11 of the White Paper: “The Future of the United Kingdom's Nuclear Deterrent” (Cm 6994), published on 4 December, copies of which are available in the Library of the House. At this very early stage of the procurement process, we are not in a position to break these estimates down in the way requested, for either a four or three submarine fleet.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which external organisations provided estimates for the costs of option (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four, outlined in the White Paper The future of the United Kingdom’s nuclear deterrent. (109959)

The cost estimates reflected in paragraph 5-2 of the White Paper: “The Future of the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Deterrrent” (Cm 6994) were produced within the MOD, with some assistance from costing experts in Qinetiq.