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Trident replacement could hit £183bn, CND says

Published 23/11/2015

Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said the Government has completely lost control of the budget
Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said the Government has completely lost control of the budget
Chancellor George Osborne says the move will put the UK second only to the US in aircraft carrier capability

The defence review sparked high emotions, with anti-nuclear campaigners attacking the surging cost of replacing Trident, and business groups welcoming the boost in spending.

Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said the cost of Trident replacement could could now rise to a "staggering" £183 billion.

"This is outrageous - the Government has completely lost control of the budget.

"In its determination to replace this cold war relic, the Government is prepared to keep on spending, even if it's to the detriment of conventional tackling of the real security threats we face, such as terrorism, cyber warfare and climate change."

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Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, said: "This is a welcome boost for UK defence and redresses some of the capability failings which were ushered in under the 2010 Review.

"The UK's defence industry is a vital high-value, highly-skilled sector which makes a big contribution to the national economy. This review opens up further opportunity and UK based companies, particularly small and medium sized enterprises renowned for their innovation, agility and skills, should be encouraged to contribute and deliver the value for money supply chain solutions for which they have an established reputation."

Gary Smith, the GMB's acting Scotland secretary, said: "GMB Scotland welcome the commitment in SDSR to multilateralism and the Trident successor programme going ahead as it is crucial to jobs.

"Tomorrow's debate in the UK Parliament on Trident successor programme is nothing more than a sideshow given today's announcements. The Scottish political establishment is indulging themselves around Trident whilst ignoring that the successor programme will benefit Rosyth."

"Boeing welcomes the insight provided to industry by the SDSR," said David Pitchforth, vice president and managing director of Boeing Defence UK.

"The Boeing UK team looks forward to continuing to support the UK's Armed Forces, as we have done for more than 75 years. Our sustained, long-term and continued growth in the UK is founded on the enhanced support we are providing to the Ministry of Defence."

Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron said: "Only this government could create a 'rapid reaction force' and will take 10 years to react."

He said the SDSR "has some good points, especially the new maritime patrol boats and extra frigates.

"The world is more dangerous and uncertain since the last SDSR and that is why we need more flexible forces and greater coordination with allies in Europe. For all the Prime Minister's bluster that piece of the jigsaw is sadly missing."

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg sent a message of support for the SDSR on Twitter.

He said: "I welcome the UK's investments in security & defence, & the clear conclusion that #NATO will remain at the heart of UK defence."

Ian King, Chief Executive of BAE Systems said: "Today's announcement provides clarity on the UK Government's strategic priorities and provides continuity and stability for our business.

"An increased budget for defence equipment overall includes significant investments in military aerospace, maritime, cyber and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and ongoing support for defence exports.

"Our focus will continue to be on working with our customers, industry partners and the thousands of companies in our UK supply chain to deliver leading capabilities and value for money for the MoD."

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