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Scottish Government Trident Working Group

A Working Group set up by the Scottish Government, following last year's Anti-Trident Summit, met this month in Edinburgh..

Those taking part said the Group would also prepare for Scotland's "possible attendance" at the 2010 nuclear non-proliferation treaty talks. 

The members of the Working Group are Bruce Crawford MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business; Rev Dr David Sinclair, Church of Scotland ; John Deighan, Roman Catholic Church; Osama Saeed, Scottish Islamic Foundation; Professor William Walker, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews; Dr Rebecca Johnson, Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy.; David Moxham, Scottish Trades Union Congress; Gillian Slider, Scottish Youth Parliament ; Isobel Lindsay, ScotlandÂ’s for Peace ; James Robb, SNP councillor for Helensburgh; Alan Mackinnon, Scottish CND; Dr Richard Dixon, WWF Scotland ; and Scott Blair, Advocate  

A Working Group set up by the Scottish Government, following last year's Anti-Trident Summit, met this month in Edinburgh..

Those taking part said the Group would also prepare for Scotland's "possible attendance" at the 2010 nuclear non-proliferation treaty talks. 

The members of the Working Group are Bruce Crawford MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business; Rev Dr David Sinclair, Church of Scotland ; John Deighan, Roman Catholic Church; Osama Saeed, Scottish Islamic Foundation; Professor William Walker, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews; Dr Rebecca Johnson, Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy.; David Moxham, Scottish Trades Union Congress; Gillian Slider, Scottish Youth Parliament ; Isobel Lindsay, ScotlandÂ’s for Peace ; James Robb, SNP councillor for Helensburgh; Alan Mackinnon, Scottish CND; Dr Richard Dixon, WWF Scotland ; and Scott Blair, Advocate  

The working group remit is "In the event of a decision to remove nuclear weapons from HM Naval Base Clyde, to examine the economic impact and to identify options for the development of alternative employment opportunities.

  • To explore the various international opinions that exist on the legality of nuclear weapons so far as relevant to matters within the devolved competence of the Scottish Government.
  • To explore the implications of seeking observer status at the Non-Proliferation Treaty Group and advise the Scottish Government on that process.
  • To consider the adequacy of the current licensing and regulatory framework that exists in relation to HM Naval Base Clyde in relation to environmental, planning and transport issues.
  • To identify good practice elsewhere in the world in developing peace and reconciliation and consider how Scotland might contribute to this work.
  • To report to Ministers with advice, within the context of their devolved responsibilities, on a regular basis.

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