UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Harvey: Conducting a value for money review of Trident was key

Press Release   •   Oct 21, 2010 12:49 BST

“No major spending on replacing Trident will be committed before absolutely necessary and the British public have just gained another chance to debate this incredibly important decision."

Commenting on the outcome of the CSR and the SDSR, Liberal Democrat Defence Minister, Nick Harvey said:

“The package of cuts is regrettable. But this is Labour’s legacy. A strong economy is essential to our national security and the multibillion-pound black hole in defence must be corrected.

“Nevertheless, the good news is that £3billion will be saved on replacing our nuclear deterrent. 

“Conducting a value for money review of Trident was a key part of the Liberal Democrats joining this coalition government and, as we expected, the review identified significant savings. 

“Consequently no major spending on replacing Trident will be committed before absolutely necessary and the British public have just gained another chance to debate this incredibly important decision.

“We will do our best to carry out this deficit reduction plan in a way that strengthens and unites the country, with fairness at the core of each decision.“