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Trident Renewal

Part of Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 1:17 pm on 20th January 2015.

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Photo of Bernard Jenkin Bernard Jenkin Chair, Public Administration Committee 1:17 pm, 20th January 2015

If we are going to talk about through-life costs, is it not important to point out that the amortised costs of our nuclear deterrent will be only some 6% of the overall defence budget or 0.3% of gross domestic product? The idea that cancellation of this programme will pay for all the goodies outlined by the Scottish National party—one presumes that the SNP will want to carry on building different types of submarine at the these yards in any case—is just moonshine.