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Trident Renewal

Part of Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 3:08 pm on 20th January 2015.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Conservative, New Forest East 3:08 pm, 20th January 2015

I am greatly enjoying the hon. Gentleman’s speech. Coming back to the real world, is it not the case that the need to have a continuous at-sea deterrent follows directly from the fact that we have a minimum strategic deterrent? We only have four submarines. At any one time only one or two of them can use or fire their missiles—they use them all the time to deter—but the fact is that if we did not have one continuously at sea, a surprise attack would wipe out the whole capacity.