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Hutton's response to Generals

ImageDefence Minister John Hutton has repeated the Government's line that the cost of replacing Trident will not come from planned spending on conventional forces.

“The nuclear deterrent will not be funded at the expense of the conventional capabilities required by our armed forces."

He was speaking in response to a letter in the Times on 16 January from three former senior military figures.  But if the money is not coming from the normal defence budget, then spending on Trident is at the expense of other Departmental budgets, such as Health and Education.

 

In response to the statement from a former Chief of Defence Staff and two senior collegues that Trident is useless the Defence Minister John Hutton said: 

 

“The nuclear deterrent will not be funded at the expense of the conventional capabilities required by our armed forces.

“I will not choose between protecting Britain against nuclear threats, or terrorism, or global warming.

“We must protect the country from all threats.

“It is the duty of the government to protect the country in an uncertain world.

“Our nuclear deterrent has helped to ensure our security and that of our allies for 50 years.

“But we should not let our guard down against a future nuclear threat in such an uncertain world.”

“We remain fully committed to the goal of a safer world in which there is no place for any nuclear weapons and continue to work hard internationally to achieve that goal,” said Mr Hutton.

“However, the government believes it should take the decisions necessary to ensure our national security and, in the current security environment, that includes retention of a minimum nuclear deterrent.”

 

North West Evening Mail 20 January 2009

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