UK's Nuclear Deterrent

Part of Terrorist Attack: Nice – in the House of Commons at 6:07 pm on 18th July 2016.

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Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Conservative, South West Wiltshire 6:07 pm, 18th July 2016

My hon. Friend is right, and the speech by John Woodcock was also extremely powerful.

The redundancy proposition holds that advancing technology will make the continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent redundant. It is supposed—despite all evidence to the contrary—that unmanned underwater vessels will appear and render our oceans transparent, but that is pure supposition. We cannot approach our defence on the basis of what might happen in the future. History is usually a guide in these matters, and this year we mark the centenary of the introduction of tanks into the battle space. We could have said then, “We must not develop this technology because of the possibility of sticky bombs and tank traps”, but we did not.