MOD spending figures reveal Westminster government's one-sided nuclear ambitions

Trident submarine leaving FaslaneOnly 'yes' vote in 2014 can remove Trident

The Westminster system has made clear their disinterest in even considering the merits of nuclear disarmament in MoD spending figures released last week.

“In response to a parliamentary question on nuclear disarmament-related research spending, it was revealed that last year only £2.125 million (0.005%) of the MoD budget was directed toward developing expertise on non-nuclear alternatives.

This can be compared to the £1.95 billion spent annually on the in-service costs of running Trident and the nearly £1.4 billion already spent on early design work for Trident replacement submarines.

Commenting, MSP Bill Kidd – a Co-President of the international organisation Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament – said:

“These figures reveal a shocking disregard for the will of the Scottish people to have nuclear weapons removed from our soil.

“The amount of money allocated to funding research on how nuclear disarmament would work in the UK, something that would be widely popular in Scotland, is essentially pocket change from the MoD’s purse.

“This disregard for anything but Trident renewal means that every year £163 million of Scottish taxpayer money will go towards maintaining weapons of mass destruction rather than investing in the Scottish people and using this money to build a stronger and fairer society.

“It is clear that the only way to stop this waste of taxpayer money and remove Trident once and for all is to vote Yes for the powers of independence in 2014.


Parliamentary question and answer -


Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what resources have been allocated to nuclear disarmament-related research by (a) his Department and (b) the Atomic Weapons Establishment in each year since 2010-11. [137028]

Mr Dunne: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not undertake nuclear disarmament research internally. The MOD funds Nuclear Arms Control and Verification Research at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) where a core team of five personnel are dedicated to the programme drawing on expertise and resources from other parts of AWE and the MOD as necessary.

In financial year 2010-11 the funding was £2.227 million and in financial year 2011-12 it was £2.125 million. Figures for those additional resources drawn from other AWE programmes could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

See also: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9820363/Like-for-like-Trident-replacement-is-not-financially-realistic.html

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