Secretary of State for Scotland
2009 - Signed EDM 1883 calling for Trident to be included in the Defence Review. Signed EDM 660 calling for a delay in the Initial Gate of Trident Replacement.
14 March 2007 - Voted against the Government motion which called for the renewal of Trident
November 2006 - Replied to survey -
"The Liberal Democrats believe we should
· Retain the current Trident system but cutting Britain’s nuclear weapons by half, retaining only up to 100 warheads.
· Extend the life span of the current Trident system and keep options open on a final decision until at least 2014 in order to allow a clearer picture to develop with regard to nuclear proliferation and to threats to Britain, its neighbours and allies.
· Use the cut in warheads to kick-start multilateral disarmament talks and send a strong signal to non-nuclear weapons states that Britain takes its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty seriously.
· Favour the most cost effective replacement for the current Trident system being a submarine system based on the Trident missile of 3 boats carrying no more than 24 warheads each.
2005 - Supported EDM 1113 calling for a debate on Trident replacement