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Sunday, 22 May 2011

Cost of Trident doubles

This week Defence Minister Liam Fox confirmed that replacement Trident submarines would cost around double the previously stated price - now up to £25 billion.

Kate Hudson General Secretary of CND points out that this announcement exposes ever greater layers of conflict and contradiction at the top of the Coalition Government:

Fox 'authorised billions of pounds of spending prior to the final decision being made in 2016. In his view, quite clearly, new submarines will go ahead and everything nuclear will stay the same. Yet simultaneously, he announced that there would be a study, led by Liberal Democrat Defence minister Nick Harvey, into alternatives to the Trident submarine-based system'