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Trident: Legal Opinion

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has requested the legal services of his Department to provide him with an assessment of whether any decision to replace (a) the Trident launch platform, (b) Trident missiles or (c) Trident nuclear warheads with new components would be compatible with the United Kingdom’s legal obligations under Articles 1 and 6 of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. (126301)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by hon. Friend, the Member for Pontypridd (Dr. Howells), the Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham, South (Alan Simpson) on 6 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1843-4W. The Government set out its position on the international law position in paragraphs 2-9 and 2-10 of the White Paper “The Future of the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Deterrent” (Cm 6994, published December 2006).