Trident Replacement

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 14th March 2005.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North 2:30 pm, 14th March 2005

When he expects to announce plans for the replacement of Trident submarines.

Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence

The decision on whether or not to replace Trident is likely to be required during the next Parliament.

Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

I thank the Secretary of State for that answer, which is an enormous surprise. Will he take this opportunity to say that Britain will be the first of the five declared nuclear powers to declare its full adherence to the 1970 non-proliferation treaty, that Trident will not be replaced when it reaches the end of its life and that we will become the first permanent member of the Security Council voluntarily to give up our nuclear weapons, as we are bound to do under the terms of the treaty, signed 35 years ago?

Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence

The non-proliferation treaty does not prevent existing member states from retaining or indeed replacing their existing nuclear capability, so I hope that my hon. Friend will study the terms of the treaty more closely in future.