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Asked if there had been any research done on any possible impact to Britain’s Armed Forces if Trident was paid out of the Defence Budget, the PMS said the key thing was that the Government was committed to a nuclear deterrent. The Strategic Defence Review (SDSR) was on going, as was the Spending Review and departmental spending will be considered in the round as part of this.

Asked if Trident should come out of the MoD Budget or the Treasury Budget, the PMS said that these were decisions for the Treasury as part of the Spending Review.

Asked if it was a decision that had to be taken from the very top, the PMS said the Government is committed to the nuclear deterrent. The SDSR was on going, so too is the Spending Review.

Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with the Chancellor that the cost of replacing Trident should be part of the Ministry of Defence budget, the PMS said we are committed to the nuclear deterrent and all decisions regarding departmental spending plans were to be considered by the Chancellor and it was the Chancellor’s decision.

Asked if the Prime Minister was alarmed by two of his most senior Cabinet colleagues negotiating/arguing about this in public, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had already said he would not get into discussions between the Chancellor and Cabinet Ministers regarding the Spending Review.

Put that the Home Secretary thought that Trident should be a priority for MoD spending and did the Prime Minister agree, the PMS said the decisions would be made in the Spending Review.

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