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Trident renewal costs spiral by £6bn, David Cameron’s defence review reveals

By DPF Admin24th November 2015August 6th, 2019Area Updates, Latest News, Northern Updates, Southern Updates

The government has revealed that the cost of providing four new submarines for the Trident nuclear programme has jumped by about 20%.

The figures were set out in the strategic defence and security review that David Cameron unveiled in a statement to MPs.

The Ministry of Defence has avoided providing regular updates on the cost of renewing Trident but the strategy document put the cost of the four submarines at £31bn, up from £25bn nine years ago.

The report says: “This will be a 20-year acquisition programme. Our latest estimate is that manufacturing the four successor submarines is likely to cost a total of £31bn (including inflation over the lifetime of the programme).” A passage in the document, and a Number 10 briefing, raised speculation that the government was planning to avoid a vote on Trident renewal in the Commons, but Cameron confirmed in response to questions from MPs that a vote would take place.

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