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Sunday, February 08, 2015

MoD plans to spend £4.2bn on replacing Trident before parliament gives go-ahead

Vanguard class SSBNThe Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to spend £4.2 billion on replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system before the UK parliament has given it the go-ahead, according to a report from the government's National Audit Office (NAO).

The money is being spent on designing new submarines, reactors and missile compartments ahead of a long-promised decision on Trident replacement by MPs in 2016, after this year's UK general election.

Previous reports have suggested that around £2bn or £3bn would be incurred before the decision was taken.

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