CND has condemned the multi-billion pound announcement for additional spending on Britain’s nuclear weapons, as outlined in the Defence Command Paper 2023 by the Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.
It notes that further to the extra £3 billion over the next two years, already announced in this year’s budget, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is receiving “a further £6 billion over the subsequent three years, which will be invested across the defence nuclear enterprise. This is in addition to our current levels of investment.”
CND says that it is a political choice made by governments to possess nuclear weapons – and a political choice to deny crumbling public services vital funds while spending billions of pounds on maintaining and investing in these weapons of mass destruction.
CND General Secretary Kate Hudson said: “A week ago, the Prime Minister was announcing a below-inflation pay rise for public sector workers, insisting it was their best and final offer. Now, the Defence Secretary is finding billions of pounds of new money for nuclear weapons, seemingly without any pushback. They say there’s no magic money tree to fix the NHS, our schools, or the planet, but there always seem to be billions more pounds of tax payers’ money available for weapons of mass destruction that can destroy us all.”
In his statement to Parliament, the Defence Secretary said: “I want MOD to be a campaigning department – adopting a more proactive posture, our forces more forward and present in the world, with a return to campaigning assertively and constantly.”
* Read the announcement from the Ministry of Defence here.
* Read Ben Wallace’s statement to Parliament here.