Scientists urge MPs not to vote for Trident replacement

Press release, 13 March 2007
 

Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) urges MPs not to support the Government's proposals to replace the UK's nuclear weapons system in tomorrow's parliamentary vote on the issue.

SGR Director, Dr Stuart Parkinson, said "The Government has not carried out a thorough consultation and has not allowed sufficient time for a full public debate on the issue. Last week's report from the House of Commons Defence Committee on this issue highlights many areas where there are unanswered questions. Indeed, technical evidence presented to the Committee from US nuclear scientists casts serious doubt on the need for the Government to make a decision on this issue at the current time. Hence, we call upon MPs at least to vote to defer the decision on a replacement system until we have had time for a meaningful debate."

Notes:

  1. SGR is an independent UK organisation of approximately 850 members across the natural and social sciences, engineering, IT, architecture and design. Its main aim is to promote ethical science, design and technology - based on the principles of openness, accountability, peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability. For more information see http://www.sgr.org.uk/
  2. House of Commons Defence Committee (2007). The Future of the UK's Strategic Nuclear Deterrent: the White Paper. London: The Stationery Office Limited.
    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmdfence/225/225i.pdf