Haughey demands Trident answers
SNP MSP for Rutherglen, C l a re Haughey, has condemned the UK Government for withholding details of a ser ious malfunction in a Trident test launch last June.
The incident happened just weeks before the vote last year to renew Trident.
It has been reported that during a test launch, an unarmed Trident missile had fired in the wrong direction towards the US coastline.
The major failure was not shared publicly ahead of the vote on Trident renewal.
Ms Haughey said: “It is deeply worrying that just weeks before the House of Commons voted to renew Trident, the UK Government chose to withhold vital information about a serious Trident missile malfunction that raised doubts about the safety of the technology.
“Each time a missile is tested it costs the taxpayer £17million, and these latest reports demonstrate that not only is Trident obscenely expensive but it is potentially unreliable and unsafe.
“The SNP will continue to hold the UK Government to account for their lack of transparency and press them for answers on this.”