Below is the covering letter which has been sent with this survey:
The UK Government are preparing to base a new generation of nuclear-armed submarines at Faslane until 2060. This programme to replace Trident has been delayed, but it is still proceeding. The main contracts are due to be placed in 2016. Between 2011 and 2016 there will be an extensive programme of preliminary work which will cost hundreds of millions of pounds each year.
The Scottish Parliament has taken a stance on this important issue. On 14 June 2007 it passed, by an overwhelming majority, a resolution saying:
“That the Parliament congratulates the majority of Scottish MPs for voting on 14 March 2007 to reject the replacement of Trident, recognises that decisions on matters of defence are matters within the responsibility of the UK Government and Parliament and calls on the UK Government not to go ahead at this time with the proposal in the White Paper, The Future of the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Deterrent.”
We are writing to MSPs and candidates standing in the Scottish Election to ask for their views on this issue.