British Trident nuclear weapons, even more expensive than expected

This 24 January 2015 video from London, England is called Thousands protest Trident nuclear weapons replacement.

From daily the Morning Star in Britain:

Trident to cost extra 4bn before MPs vote

Monday 9th February 2015

BRITAIN will spend a “spiralling” £4.2 billion on replacing Trident atomic missiles even before MPs decide whether to press ahead with the scheme, Scottish campaigners warned yesterday.

A report by the National Audit Office (NAO) revealed that the initial “concept phase” of the project had cost £900 million and that the ongoing “assessment phase” would cost £3.3bn.

John Ainslie of Scottish CND said the British government was “spending eye-watering amounts of money on something which they haven’t yet decided to buy.”

SNP defence spokesman Angus Robertson MP said: “Costs are spiralling out of control.”

The NAO report also revealed that the Ministry of Defence failed to anticipate the difficulty of designing a new reactor for the replacements for Trident– carrying Vanguard-class submarines.

The costs of the PWR3 reactor have risen by £151m because of a shortage of suitably qualified engineers.

Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP said the Treasury was “only too happy to grease the wheels for the renewal of an unsafe, immoral system of mass slaughter.”

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