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Help support the Global Ban Treaty Negotiations

Talks begin at the United Nations on June 15 to negotiate a Global Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.

Most countries in the world support this treaty , which will put an international legal prohibition on nuclear weapons.It will not get rid of nuclear weapons overnight but it will spur long overdue process towards disarmament.

Coverage of this important treaty is almost non-existent in the traditional media.

Scottish CND are asking our members and supporters to use tools like radio phone ins and letters to the press to help publicise this important treaty.

It may also be possible to raise questions with  election candidates at hustings meetings or in letters or e mails to candidates.

You  can get background information which will help in compiling questions for election candidates and the media by checking the International Campaign to abolish nuclear weapons at www.icanw.org

Scottish CND Chair Disgusted at Government Announcement of Extra Spending on Trident Replacement

Arthur West, chair of Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, expressed his disgust about the recent Government announcement that they are set to spend an extra £600 million on the Dreadnought submarine programme which is part of Westminster's plan to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system.

 

 

 

 

Arthur West:

"It is absolutely disgusting the Government plan to spend millions of pounds in this way, instead of spending it on decent things like schools, hospitals and building new homes. 

According to public sources of information, it now looks as though the replacement of Trident could cost well over £200 billion in its lifetime. This is completely unacceptable and represents a massive drain on public service budgets."

Dreadnought is the British programme to replace the 4 Vanguard class submarines which provide continuous at sea deterrence since 1992, with Dreadnought submarines to be introduced from 2030's onward with a lifespan of just 30 years. 

Dreadnought will be based at Faslane, just 30 miles away from Glasgow and will cost over £41 billion, one of the most expensive Government projects going forward. The annual cost of the Trident system is at least £2.2 billion per year which is the equivalent to what is spent on Income Support, Statutory Maternity Pay or Carer's Allowance.

To support the fight for nuclear disarmament, consider becoming a member of Scottish CND.

Scientists Call On US To Reduce Nuclear Stockpile

A group of 95 scientists says the United States should significantly reduce the country's collection of nuclear weapons.

The 95 National Academy of Sciences members said  the current U.S. weapons stockpile was going against U.S. security. Most of the experts are from prominent U.S. universities and as a group have received 32 Nobel Prizes.

The group, coordinated by the Union of Concerned Scientists, suggested that the United States cut back its arms stockpile to 1,000 explosives, compared to the 4,500 to 6,000 it has now. It also reportedly requested that the country surrender first use of the nuclear explosives.

Richard Garwin, who made plans for the first hydrogen bomb, was one of the scientists to sign the proposal..

 

Taxpayers Pick Up the Tab at Sellafield

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The consortium with a £20bn contract to clean up Britain's Sellafield nuclear plant has been handed a blank cheque by the Government to pay for future accidents there.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority wants the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to grant indemnity to Nuclear Management Partners Ltd.—the consortium that won PBO status in the Sellafield contract—against uninsurable claims arising from a nuclear incident that fall outside the protections offered by the Nuclear Installations Act and the Paris/Brussels Conventions.

“It would not be viable for any of the bidders to proceed without an indemnity because any fee earning benefits of the contract would be overwhelmed by the potential liabilities,” Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks informed the House of Commons..

100 nuclear safety lapses at Faslane

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Safety blunders at the nuclear bomb bases on the Clyde have rocketed to a record high, shutting down submarine reactors, spilling radioactivity and contaminating workers.

An internal Ministry of Defence (MoD) report has revealed that there were exactly 100 nuclear safety lapses at Faslane and Coulport, near Helensburgh, between June 2006 and May 2007. This was 40% higher than the previous year and nearly three times higher than in 2000-01.

Safety at the bases - home to the UK's Trident nuclear weapons system - has been condemned as "an absolute disgrace" by the Scottish National Party. The MoD, however, insisted that safety standards were improving.

The MoD's latest annual review of "nuclear safety events" at the bases included dropping a reactor control rod, breaching reactor containment and 32 power failures.

Two of the most serious incidents occurred on Trident submarines in September and December 2006. In both cases, radioactive cooling water spilled from a faulty hose pipe. On one occasion it contaminated a worker's shoe.

The second of the incidents was categorised as having had "high potential for actual radioactive release to the environment". The first, along with 19 other incidents, was defined as having had "actual or potential for a contained release within building or submarine".

A People's Budget for Peace

While the Government has been squandering billions on overseas wars and nuclear weapons, Scotland’s for Peace has asked organisations and individuals to suggest how they think this money should be spent. A wide range of proposals have been received for the People’s Budget for Peace. Amongst those who have submitted ideas are: Article 12 in Scotland, Campaign Against the Arms Trade (Edinburgh), Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien, Church & Society Council of the Church of Scotland, Communist Party of Scotland, Educational Institute of Scotland, Iona Community, Jubilee Scotland, Justice & Peace Scotland, Midlothian Trades Council, Oxfam Scotland, Quakers Scotland, Scottish Islamic Council, Scottish Refugee Council, Socialist Labour Party and T&G (Unite).

Cuban Missile Crisis Anniversary

50 years ago the world stood on the brink of nuclear war. Scottish CND has produced a briefing on the Cuban Missile Crisis and its implications for Scotland today. We are also holding an event with speakers and discussion from 10 am on Saturday 27 October in Wellington Church, 77 Southpark Avenue, Hillhead, Glasgow. (leaflet)

General election - can we vote against Trident?

The General Election is on Thursday 8th June. Today is your last chance to register to vote. 

When deciding who to vote for Scottish CND are urge you to remember that nuclear weapons are not history and that Scotland could be in the firing line if the UK supported any conflict which involved nuclear weapons.

Don’t Bank on the Bomb UK information

This updated report, produced by PAX a member of the Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons (ICAN) is the only report detailing the global investments by financial institutions in companies producing nuclear weapons.

This document extraction provides information on UK's banks. Check out the hall of fame and hall of shame lists as well as the nuclear weapons producing companies. If you want to hear more about this campaign please send us an email. If you have an account with RBS please contact them on this issue (details here).

Did you know?

26 Financial Institutions made an estimated USD$ 33,928 million available to nuclear weapon producing companies since January 2014.  But, since the adoption of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, 30 financial institutions have ceased investing in nuclear weapon producers.

Full report here.

Below is the Press Release put by Don't bank on the Bomb Scotland

MPs Attack £3bn Cost Overruns on Defence Projects

Massive cost overruns and delays on major procurement projects for the armed forces were attacked bya Committee of MPs who called on the Ministry of D