CND members are appalled at the decision to order the steel for the new Trident replacement submarines, ahead, even, of any formal decision on replacement. We reproduce, below, verbatim, the statement put out today by National CND
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament today strongly condemned Government plans to order the steel for the first new Trident replacement submarine before any formal decision is made on whether to go ahead with the project, a decision not due until 2016.
CND said “The decision by Liam Fox is a slap in the face for the Lib Dems and abetrayal of the commitments made to them by the Prime Minister.
If this is still their position, Nick Clegg and his ministers need to be fighting tooth and nail to block Liam Fox from going ahead with ordering the core components of the boats ahead of the actual decision point. Lib Dem ministers need to take a stand on this – an issue that goes to the core of the Coalition – if they are to maintain trust in what they have been telling their own members and the public.”
CND Vice-Chair Jeremy Corbyn MP added “Ordering the steel and other items for the first submarines – worth over a billion pounds alone – before the Commons has even been asked to approve construction of these boats is a flagrant abuse of Parliament.
This is not some small project that needs a couple of parts ahead of time, but the biggest of all defence items where every decision has global implications.
When MPs last voted on this, Tony Blair made it clear he was seeking “parliamentary approval for the concept and design phase” – not the construction of new submarines. The orders Liam Fox plans to take are therefore illegitimate, without parliamentary authority and must be halted.”