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Trident Missiles

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on progress towards a successor to the D5 missile; and what role UK personnel have played in that work. (228900)

Neither I nor my predecessor have held any negotiations with our US counterparts on a successor to the D5 missile. As explained in the December 2006 White Paper “The Future of the UK’s Nuclear Deterrent” (Cm 6994), decisions on whether we wish to acquire a successor to the life extended D5 missile, and what form any successor might take, are unlikely to be necessary until the 2020s.