Campaigners Hit Out At Submarine Spend

29 March 2018, 06:17

BAE submarine

Anti-nuclear campaigners say the cost of renewing the Trident nuclear deterrent is "out of control."

The government's okayed an extra £600million spend on the Dreadnought submarine programme - they'll be built in Barrow.

Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: "Spending on Trident is out of control - another £600 million announced today. This means the Ministry of Defence is already overspending at this early stage of replacing Britain's nuclear weapons system, which is why the contingency fund is now being eaten into.

"It's a further example of the lack of transparency on Trident spending, the full costs of which the government never admits to. Our calculations, using government figures in the public domain, show that Trident replacement will cost more than £205 billion over the lifetime of the scheme, yet you will never hear the government admit to these full costs.

"Theresa May announced the £600 million today as though it were positive news, but it represents more millions that could have been spent on schools, hospitals and building new homes."