Def061206 - No 05

Session 2006-07, 6 December 2006

New Inquiry


DEFENCE COMMITTEE TO INQUIRE INTO THE WHITE PAPER ON THE FUTURE OF THE UK'S NUCLEAR DETERRENT

The Defence Committee welcomes the publication of the Government's White Paper on the future of the UK's nuclear deterrent. And it looks forward to a robust and thorough Parliamentary and public debate over the coming months.

With the intention of informing that debate, the Defence Committee has today launched its third-stage inquiry into the future of the UK's strategic nuclear deterrent, focusing specifically on the Government's White Paper.

This inquiry will consider the arguments put forward by the Government for the retention and renewal of the UK's current Trident system and will analyse the White Paper's assessment of the role of nuclear deterrence in the 21st Century. It will also examine the Government's analysis of deterrent options, solutions and costs and will consider the respective merits of land-based, air-based, ship-based and submarine based options. And it will consider the international treaty implications of the Government's decision to retain and renew the deterrent and the possible impact of the decision on the UK's non-proliferation efforts.

The Committee intends to publish its conclusions before the House of Commons debates the future of the nuclear deterrent in March.

The Committee would welcome written evidence on these matters. This should be sent to the Clerk of the Defence Committee by Thursday 18 January 2007.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

1. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP (Chairman), Mr David S Borrow MP, Mr David Crausby MP, Linda Gilroy MP, Mr David Hamilton MP, Mr Mike Hancock MP, Mr Dai Havard MP, Mr Adam Holloway MP, Mr Bernard Jenkin MP, Mr Brian Jenkins MP, Mr Kevan Jones MP, Robert Key MP, Willie Rennie MP, John Smith MP

2. News Release: No. 05

SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN EVIDENCE:

Submissions should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to [email protected] The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference. Longer documents should include an executive summary.

Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this.

Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, no public use should be made of the submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Media Enquiries: Alex Paterson, Tel 020 7219 1589/ 07917 488488, email - [email protected]

Specific Committee Information: Tel 020 7219 5745, email - [email protected]

Committee Website: www.parliament.uk/defcom

Watch committees and parliamentary debates online: www.parliamentlive.tv

Publications / Reports / Reference Material: Copies of all select committee reports are available from the Parliamentary Bookshop (12 Bridge St, Westminster, 020 7219 3890) or the Stationery Office (0845 7023474). Committee reports, press releases, evidence transcripts, Bills; research papers, a directory of MPs, plus Hansard (from 8am daily) and much more, can be found on www.parliament.uk