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Scottish Parliament motions on Trident

Two motions have been put down in the Scottish Parliament welcoming Scottish CND's report "If Britain Fired Trident", commending the Scrap Trident demonstrations on 13-15 April and supporting the Oslo conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.  Please encourage your MSPs to support these. Emails can be sent to MSPs using writetothem.org

S4M-05753 Patrick Harvie: If Britain Fired Trident—That the Parliament welcomes the report, If Britain fired Trident, by the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), which illustrates the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of an attack on a large urban area with multiple nuclear weapons; understands that devastation would be on such a scale that humanitarian and emergency response agencies would be utterly unable to provide an adequate response; understands that an attack using 40 nuclear warheads, the normal complement on a Trident submarine, would be expected to result in 5.4 million deaths; offers good wishes to the campaigners holding a Scrap Trident demonstration in Glasgow on 13 April 2013 and a blockade to shut down Faslane on 15 April; notes that Scottish representatives are due to attend an international conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons in Oslo on 4-5 March 2013, and urges the Scottish Government to adopt a position of ending international strategies based on nuclear weapons instead of seeking to join organisations based on such strategies.

Supported by: Jean Urquhart*, John Finnie*, Christina McKelvie*


Motion S4M-05723: Bill Kidd, Glasgow Anniesland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/02/2013

Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons 

That the Parliament notes the conference, which is being organised by Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons; understands that, at this conference in Oslo on 4-5 March 2013, there will be presentations from experts and discussions regarding the immediate humanitarian impact of a nuclear detonation, the possible wider developmental, economic and environmental consequences and what preparedness there is to respond to this type of disaster, including plans and existing capacity; believes that, although there is wide recognition of the humanitarian consequences of a nuclear weapon detonating, direct consideration of these issues has been limited, despite the outcome of the 2010 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, and hopes that the Oslo conference will raise awareness worldwide of the potential human and environmental devastation of a nuclear detonation and that Scotland can be a forerunner in avoiding such a disaster by arguing the case for nuclear disarmament.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Mike MacKenzie, George Adam, Stuart McMillan, Adam Ingram, Kevin Stewart, John Mason, Dennis Robertson, Sandra White, Colin Beattie, Rob Gibson, Angus MacDonald, Bill Walker, Mark McDonald, Bruce Crawford, Chic Brodie, Annabelle Ewing, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Jean Urquhart, John Finnie, Jamie Hepburn, John Wilson R, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Gil Paterson, Maureen Watt

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