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Policy Review

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Prime Minister for what reason reference to Trident or its successor was not made in the policy review report “Building on Progress: Britain in the World” published on 17 April. (134205)

“Building on Progress: Britain in the World” draws on the conclusions and discussions of the Ministerial Working Group on Britain in the World, and seminars for junior Ministers conducted as part of the policy review process. It sets out a high-level overview of the broad UK approach to foreign policy since 1997, what the UK has achieved, and what the UK should seek to achieve in the decades to come. It does not aim to cover every issue in detail.

My statement of 4 December 2006, Official Report, columns 21-24, set out in detail the Government’s position on maintaining the UK’s independent nuclear deterrent. The reasons for that decision were further explained in the White Paper “The Future of the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Deterrent” (Cm 6994), published on the same day. The House voted in favour of the Government’s decision on 14 March 2007.