SNP anger over safety events at Faslane

The Scotsman - - Brexit - By AN­GUS HOWARTH

The SNP has re­it­er­ated its call for nu­clear weapons to be re­moved from Scot­land af­ter the Gov­ern­ment was forced to re­veal hun­dreds of recorded nu­clear safety events.

SNP MP Dei­dre Brock has dis­cov­ered that there have been 789 nu­clear safety events at the nu­clear bases at Faslane and Coul­port since 2006, ac­cord­ing to Min­istry of De­fence fig­ures.

Re­sponses to par­lia­men­tary ques­tions tabled by the SNP MP also forced the UK gov­ern­ment to re­veal that the con­tract for main­tain­ing the bases and the war­heads was now run­ning at more than £1 bil­lion per year.

Dei­dre Brock MP said: “Not only are we car­ry­ing all that risk in Scot­land, we also find out that it’s cost­ing us a for­tune. £1bn a year to run the bases – that’s about 37,000 times the av­er­age an­nual wage in Scot­land and if it was spent in sup­port­ing em­ploy­ment it would go a long way to im­prov­ing the lives of peo­ple in­stead of threat­en­ing those lives.”

Bill Kidd MSP, co-pres­i­dent of Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans for Nu­clear Non-pro­lif­er­a­tion and Dis­ar­ma­ment, said: “The Gov­ern­ment want to not only con­tinue this sys­tem, but spend bil­lions more to keep it here for an­other 30 years.”

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