def060120 - No. 18

Session 2005-06, 20 January 2006

Operational Note

Operational Note

The Future of the Strategic Nuclear Deterrent:
the Strategic Context

With the intention of informing the public debate on the future of the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrent, the Defence Committee has decided to hold a series of inquiries over the course of the current Parliament.

The first inquiry will focus on the strategic context and the timetable for decision making.  It will consider the threats which the strategic nuclear deterrent is currently intended to combat and how this context might change over the next two decades.  It will consider what other states or organisations could develop nuclear weapons capabilities by 2025, and how this might affect the strategic context in which decisions on the UK deterrent will be made.  And it will consider the timetable in which these decisions will have to be taken and implemented.

The Committee would welcome written evidence on these matters.  This should be sent to the Clerk of the Defence Committee by Tuesday 7 March. 

The Committee intends to hold oral evidence sessions in March. Further details and witnesses will be announced in due course.

The Committee is today publishing on its website a memorandum of the Ministry of Defence which responds to the Committee’s July 2005 request for information regarding the future of the Trident nuclear deterrent and its possible replacement.


1. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP (Chairman), Mr David S Borrow MP, Mr Colin Breed MP, Mr David Crausby MP, Linda Gilroy MP, Mr David Hamilton MP, Mr Mike Hancock MP, Mr Dai Havard MP, Mr Brian Jenkins MP, Mr Kevan Jones MP, Robert Key MP, Mr Mark Lancaster MP, John Smith MP, Mr Desmond Swayne MP

2. News Release No. 18


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