The main political parties in Scotland - Labour, Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, SNP, Scottish Green Party, and SSP - say the following about Britain's nuclear weapons.
Scottish Conservative Party
Liberal Democrat Party
Scottish National Party
Scottish Green Party
Scottish Socialist Party
The British Government's position contains these points :
1. Britain needs the Trident system for its defence
In a war Britain is prepared to be the first to use nuclear weapons. It is also prepared to use them where her interests are at risk. It is difficult to know what British nuclear weapons are intended to do. It is said that Britain's weapons are designed to destroy Moscow's defence complex (including its Command and Control Centre). Britain's weapons are assigned to NATO but can also be used independently with US support.
The most recent annual defence reviews have little to say about nuclear weapons. At a recent NATO meeting attention was drawn to Britain's sub-strategic warheads on Trident. How they would be used is obscure. The Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democratic parties are in favour of Britain's retention of nuclear weapons. Plaid Cymru, the Scottish National Party and the Green Party are opposed. The Northern Ireland parties' views have not been recorded.
Since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament defence is a power reserved to the British Government and defence matters cannot be decided by the Scottish Parliament. Issues affected by the presence of Britain's only nuclear base within Scotland for example health and safety and the environment can be considered.
At Westminster there is a CND group of MPs and at Holyrood there is a cross party Nuclear Disarmament Group of MSPs. Representatives of CND attend these groups.
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