MPs debated the renewal of Trident in the House of Commons on Tuesday 20 January 2015. The subject of this debate was chosen by Plaid Cymru and The Scottish National Party.
Trident Renewal debate
The debate was moved by Shadow SNP Spokesperson for Defence, Angus Robertson. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Mr Philip Dunne, responded on behalf of the Government.
MPs debated the following motion, tabled in the names of Angus Robertson, Caroline Lucas, Elfyn Llwyd, Stewart Hosie, Hywel Williams and Pete Wishart:
'That this House believes that Trident should not be renewed.'
The motion was negatived on division. (Division No. 133, Ayes 37 votes, Noes 364 votes)
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