» Monday, March 12, 2007


Asked to confirm that the Prime Minister would not be taking part in the debate on Trident in the House of Commons on Wednesday, the PMOS said that he would not be. Traditionally, defence debates were taken by a mixture of the Defence Secretary and the Foreign Secretary.

Put that it would therefore be a "toss up" between the two as to whom would open the debate, the PMOS said that was correct.

Asked to comment on the fact that Nigel Griffiths had just resigned, the PMOS replied that he was not going to comment on any resignations. In terms of the overall position in Trident, because of the lead times involved, it took 17 years to develop a replacement. That was why a decision had to be taken now. If a decision was not taken now, a decision was in effect being taken, and that was precisely why we had to make a decision. Put that the PMOS was worthy of Sir Humphrey, the PMOS said that was praise indeed!

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