SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has condemned the UK Government for withholding details of a serious malfunction in a Trident test launch last June – just weeks before the vote to renew Trident to the tune of £205bn.
It has been widely reported that during a test launch, an unarmed Trident missile had fired in the wrong direction towards the US coastline.
The major failure was not shared publicly ahead of the vote on Trident renewal.
Commenting, Ms McAlpine said:
“It is deeply worrying that just weeks before the House of Commons voted to renew Trident, the UK government chose to withhold vital information about a serious Trident missile malfunction that raises doubts about the safety of the technology.
“It’s worth pointing out that Dumfries and Galloway would be inside the “kill zone” if there was an accident involving Trident at Faslane or Coulport.
“Each time a missile is tested it costs the taxpayer £17m, and these latest reports demonstrate that not only is Trident obscenely expensive but it is potentially unreliable and unsafe.
“I have written to Oliver Mundell MSP to ask if he agrees with Theresa May’s decision to withhold details of the incident – and whether he backs spending billions on Trident whilst slashing defence spending in other areas in Scotland, with little regard for the economic impact.
“This kind of cover-up sets a dangerous precedent. The SNP will continue to hold the UK Government to account for their lack of transparency and press them for answers on this.”