Select Committee on Defence Written Evidence


Memorandum from Ministry of Defence

This memorandum provides some detailed information on the UK's existing nuclear deterrent, against the background of possible future decisions on its replacement. The memorandum is divided into three sections. The first contains an assessment of the legal constraints on the UK Government in considering the possible replacement of Trident (Annex A). The second provides some information on the expected life of each element of the current deterrent system (Annex B). The memorandum contains some additional information on the programme of investment at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, which was announced by the MoD in July 2005 (Annex C).

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