Def061206 - No 05

Session 2006-07, 6 December 2006

New Inquiry


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.


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


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