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Let\'s Have a Real Debate on Trident

If the Government is really committed to a proper debate on whether to replace the UK\'s aging nuclear weapon system, Trident, it should publish a con sultative Green Paper setting out costs and opportunity costs for all the options, including the option of non-replacement. A Green Paper is supported by MPs from both sides of the Commons, including those for and against nuclear weapons. The Government\'s proposed White Paper, setting out its decision, is likely to repeat the lack of transparency of past government decision-making on nuclear weapons and missile defence, and is more likely to be a fait accompli, providing too little information, too late, for any real debate. Nicola Butler, Deputy Director, The Acronym Institute For Disarmament Diplomacy