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MSPs and Scottish church leaders to challenge Aldermaston

Press release from Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament 8/6/06 On Monday 12th June a delegation from Scotland will question why more than a bi llion pounds is being spent on new facilities at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston. The delegation includes MSPs from four parties, the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, a former Lord Advocate and a leading representative of ScotlandÂ’s Islamic community. The delegation will travel to Aldermaston, near Reading. They intend to raise concerns that AWE are preparing to build new nuclear weapons which are likely to be based in Scotland. After their visit they will meet Hans Blix in Westminster. The former UN weapons inspector is in London to present a new report from the UN Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission. Scottish CND has produced a new briefing showing how Aldermaston is jumping the gun before a decision on Trident replacement has been made. Timings Monday 12th June 10.15 am Main gate Aldermaston 2.00 pm Attend Hans Blix UK launch of WMD Commission report. To participate please contact Carol Naughton, WMD Awareness Programme 07736 698702 3.30 pm Scottish delegation presentation to MPs and media, Grimmond Room, Portcullis House, Westminster. Delegation Bill Butler MSP (Labour), Colin Fox MSP (Leader SSP), Rev Kath Galloway (Leader Iona Community), Robin Harper MSP (Co-Leader Greens), Isobel Lindsay (Vice President Scottish CND), Dr Bashir Maan (Scottish representative, Muslim Council for Britain), Mary Alice Mansell (Scottish Quaker General Meeting), Dr Richard McCready (Justice and Peace Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Catholic Church), Rt Rev Alan McDonald (Moderator, Church of Scotland), Lord Murray (former Lord Advocate), Matt Smith (Scottish Secretary UNISON), Sandra White MSP (SNP). The Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell, Anglican Bishop of Reading, will accompany the group in Aldermaston.