HC Deb 31 January 1995 vol 253 c847
12. Mr. Streeter

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to scrap Trident.

Mr. Rifkind

We have no plans to scrap Trident, which is the ultimate guarantee of our national security.

Mr. Streeter

Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that his reply will greatly reassure all right-thinking people, particularly the 4,000 people in Devon and Cornwall whose jobs rely on the Trident contract? Will he resist calls for a further defence review from the leader of the Labour party and the Labour defence team, all of whom are former members of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament? Is not a review led by such people unlikely to support Trident?

Mr. Rifkind

My hon. Friend is correct because every defence spokesman on the Opposition Front Bench has been a declared opponent of Britain's nuclear deterrent. We would all be grateful to know whether the shadow Defence Secretary is still a member of CND or has left that organisation because, until now, he has declined to inform either Parliament or the country as a whole.

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