TRIDENT COSTS SPIRALLING OUT OF CONTROL
MASSIVE FINAL COST ALREADY UNDERESTIMATED
Reports in today’s Sunday Herald newspaper show that before parliament has even debated the renewal of Trident, billions of pounds have been allocated or spent on the deadly weapons system. In addition there has been a massive underestimate in costs associated with designing reactors.
Labour and the Tories are both committed to renewing the nuclear weapons system , dumped on the Clyde just half an hour from Scotland ‘s biggest centre of population –and both Westminster parties have made clear their determination on spending £100 billion on Trident at a time of continued austerity.
This comes at a time when conventional defence is being cut to the bone – with the threat of even more savage cuts to come after the election.
Angus Robertson MP, SNP Westminster Leader and defence spokesperson commented:
“This raises some very serious questions for the MoD – costs are spiralling out of control before MPs have even had a chance to vote on renewal.
“It is utterly unacceptable that over £4 billion will be blown on replacing Trident nuclear weapons before parliament actually decides on whether or not to even give it the go ahead. Stopping Trident renewal will be an absolute priority of a team of SNP MPs elected in May. Two billion remains to be spent in the next two years – at a time of crippling austerity – yet the MoD won’t reveal when and what it will be spent on.
“It is also alarming that an additional £150 million has been spent simply due to a lack of nuclear expertise in designing the reactor. If they have underestimated the complexity of designing a nuclear reactor, it bodes ill for the weapons costs. As we know all too well, conventional forces are being cut to the bone and this Westminster government will be remembered as the one that shamefully sent out p45s to serving personnel and cut Scotland’s maritime patrol capability to the point where we are begging our allies to patrol our coastline.
“Westminster Labour and Tory MPs are committed to renewing this obscene weapons system. In no other democracy, at a time of deep austerity and cuts, would over £4 billion be spent on committing to such a massive project without consulting parliamentarians – and bills could be piling up for under-estimates as it become increasingly clear that Trident renewal is completely out of control.
“This latest blow to the Trident project suggests that they have already underestimated the massive final cost.’’
The Sunday Herald story can be found here: http://www.heraldscotland.com/
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