SNP demand public inquiry into nuclear submarine decommissioning
Posted on April 4 2019 at 09:01
The SNP has called for a
public inquiry into the nuclear decommissioning of submarines, after it was
revealed that the UK government has failed to properly dispose of single
A report from the National
Audit Office, published today, investigated submarine defueling and
dismantling, detailing the stark costs of decommissioning - with storage of old
nuclear submarines costing the taxpayer a shocking £500m alone.
spokesperson Stewart McDonald has called on UK government Ministers to be held
to account and face up to the consequences of their actions.
Stewart McDonald MP said:
“This is a
scandal of epic proportions. Eye watering sums of money are being wasted by the
Ministry of Defence and it is time that those responsible – ministers and
officials of the current and previous governments – are called to answer how
this sorry situation has been arrived at.
inquiry would allow for the proper scrutiny that the public would expect. The
wasting of hundreds of millions of pounds cannot simply be written off. It is
vital that the authors of this mess explain themselves. The public have a right
to know what advice was being given, how sound was that advice and where was
sound advice being ignored by ministers?
with submarine renewal whilst this hangs over the Ministry of Defence is wholly
communities like Rosyth will be living with the consequences of the UK’s
nuclear folly for years to come.
are currently rotting on our coasts with a £7.5 billion pound price tag to
maintain and then dispose of them. Ministers, past and present, along with
officials who advised them on this disastrous course of action, must be held to
life cost of the new generation of Trident submarines has been put at more than
£200 billion, but we can see from the NAO report that there is a further
environmental cost to be borne long after the last Dreadnought-class sub will
have come back from its final patrol.
renewing the Trident fleet with this knowledge is an act of monumental folly.
The public will expect us to get to the bottom of this sorry saga and that
requires a public inquiry and the halting of the nuclear renewal programme’.