Haughey de­mands Tri­dent an­swers

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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.”

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