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Trident Renewal

Part of Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 2:22 pm on 20th January 2015.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green 2:22 pm, 20th January 2015

May I make some progress, as I have been generous in giving way?

Oliver Colvile said that it is absolutely vital that we maintain our nuclear capability because otherwise our position as a member of the United Nations Security Council could be endangered. When the UN was set up in 1947 or 1948 there was only one nuclear power, and that was America. The other five countries that ended up on the Security Council were not nuclear countries; they were the victors of the second world war. If, as he suggests, a country has to have a nuclear capability in order to become a member of the Security Council, that does not say much for our championing, quite rightly, the aspirations of Japan, as a non-nuclear power, to become a member, or Germany’s desire to become a member. If that were a criterion, the two obvious applicants would be Israel and North Korea.