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Trident

Trident is the name of the UK’s independent nuclear deterrent based at Faslane on the Clyde . It is not independent  since it is US based and it is difficult in today’s geopolitics to see who it is deterring. The Scottish Bishops have consistently opposed nuclear defence.
'Our own Scottish Bishops have often echoed the peace demands of Pope Benedict, and Pope John Paul before him, and I am here to repeat it once more. Here at the gates of Faslane, there is no better place to say that it is not courageous of Britain to have these dreadful weapons of mass destruction. It is shameful to have them. If our government wished to truly be courageous it would unilaterally give up its nuclear deterrent, giving the witness and impetus for other nations to do the same'.
        
Cardinal O’Brien, Speech at Faslane, April 2011

2017

Image: Joint Statement on Nuclear Disarmament

Justitia et Pax Europa, Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions and the Committee on International Justice and Peace for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have relased a joint statement on nuclear disarmament - Seeking Human Security.     Read More...

Image: A Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty Is Almost There Update as final week begins

It’s historic. The formal schedule of the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty Conference for this Friday coming (7th July) is the adoption of the treaty itself. Over 130 UN states are participating. It’s the very best news in nuclear disarmament in decades.   Read More...

Image: Christian peace organisations urge UK participation in UN Nuclear Weapon Ban talks

More than 130 countries are continuing negotiations to outlaw nuclear weapons entirely. A second round of meetings began in New York on 15 June to draft a Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty. If approved, this treaty would make it illegal to "develop, produce, manufacture or otherwise acquire" nuclear weapons.   Read More...

Image: The nuclear weapons ban treaty draft is out
The draft text for the treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons was presented this week by the President of the negotiations, Ambassador Elayne Whyte of Costa Rica. This was based on the discussions held at the UN March session of the conference and we expect more debate over the articles and provisions.
 
The language of the draft provides a good basis for a strong, categorical prohibition of nuclear weapons and we are confident that this can be agreed and adopted by the end of the next session, 7th of July 2017.
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Image: Launch of a Global Campaign on Military Spending

A week ago the Ministry of Defence proudly announced that the UK is "stepping up across the globe: the fifth largest defence budget in the world and largest in Europe, rising by around £1Bn a year" How will this promote sustainable security with research and investment into those things that will keep us truly safe?   Read More...

Image: Playing with Fire Nuclear Weapons Incidents and Weapons Accidents in the United Kingdom

 

A new report by Peter Burt for the Nuclear Information Service, published  February 2017, discussing the accident record of the UK's nuclear weapons programme over its 65 year history. It looks across the full scope of the programme, describing the most significant incidents in detail.

Review of the Report      Full Report   

Image: Pope Francis sends a message to the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty Talks

The complete elimination of nuclear weapons is "a moral and humanitarian imperative", says Pope Francis.   Read More...

Image: Hiroshima Survivor Tells her Story

On August 6 1945, when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, I was an 11 year-old girl, 5th grader of a primary school.   Read More...

Image: Nuclear Ban Treaty

Nuclear Ban Treaty talks at the UN in New York start in one week Monday 27th March 2017. We are counting down to this historic opportunity to rid our world of this threat.    Read More...

Image: A Time Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945

In 2 weeks time, Monday 27th March 2017  The UN will meet in New York to discuss a Nuclear Ban Treaty.  Watch this powerful film depicting each nuclear explosion since 1945 and watch our website for further information and ways to get involved.   Read More...

Image: Pax Christi welcomes UN decision on nuclear weapons

Pax Christi has isues a statement on the forthcoming negotiations on banning nuclear weapons.

Statement here

Further informaton from Pax Christi   

Image: Ash Wednesday At Faslane

Wednesday 1st March -Ash Wednesday at Faslane -South Gate of Faslane at 2:45pm Glasgow Catholic Worker.

Join us for our annual Ash Wednesday Service of Repentance and Resistance at the home of the UK's weapons of mass destruction. We start at the car park next to the South Gate.   Read More...

Image: Scrap Trident Week of Action

The United Nations negotiations in 2017 for a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, supported by a huge majority of the world’s governments start in March in New York. 
ICAN calls for a global Week of Action from 10th to 17th February.

Details on Scrap Trident website

And an interesting take on a serious subject : Global ban on nuclear weapons explained in Scots   

Image: Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

Negotiations for a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty start in March at The United Nations meeting in New York. The Ban is supported by most member states – but not the UK. 


The International Campiagn to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has called for a Worldwide Week of Action from 10th to 17th Feb.

CND is calling on the UK government to play a constructive role in the negotiations and has called a lobby of MPs to give you the chance to persuade your member of Parliament. Lobby your MP

    

2016

Image: Scottish Parliamentary Motion on a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. Ask your MSPs to support this motion
This week the United Nations First Committee debated setting up of a conference next year to negotiate a nuclear weapons ban treaty. In spite of the nuclear weapons states including the UK putting pressure on non nuclear states more and more are speaking up to co-sponsor the resolution.  There will be a vote on it next month and campaigners who are present are hopeful of it passing.   Read More...
Image: The £73m annual bill for policing the UK's military nuclear programme Providing police cover for the UK's military nuclear programme costs £73m a year according to the latest policing plan for the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP). The MDP are a police force who patrol the sites connected with the UK's nuclear weapons including Aldermaston, Burghfield, Devonport and Faslane. The MDP patrol a total of 120 sites, but the costs for nuclear policing account for almost half their annual budget (Nuclear Information Service)
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Image: Cuts to Ministry of Defence police raise Trident security concerns Eamon Keating, the chairman of the Defence Police Federation, has warned that cuts to the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) could place the security of the UK's Trident nuclear weapons at risk. (Nuclear Information Service)   Read More...
Image: UK nuclear submarine collides with merchant vessel off Gibraltar Damage to HMS Ambush's conning tower could be seen as it arrived in Gibraltar on Tuesday evening. One of the UK's newest nuclear-powered submarines has docked in Gibraltar after a collision with a merchant vessel during a training exercise. The Royal Navy said it has launched an immediate investigation after HMS Ambush was involved in the "glancing collision" while submerged off the coast of the British territory.  (BBC News)   Read More...
Image: Bishops call for ‘decisive and courageous steps’ towards nuclear disarmament The Bishops of Scotland have called on the UK government to honour its commitment as a key signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferations Treaty (1968) and work towards the disposing and elimination of all nuclear weapons. In a statement, Scotland’s eight Catholic Bishops highlight the ‘immorality of the use of strategic nuclear weapons due to the indiscriminate destruction of innocent human life’ that their use would cause, and endorse Pope Francis who has said that “Spending on nuclear weapons squanders the wealth of nations”.   Read More...
Image: The Church speaks against Nuclear Weapons
In 2013/14 Pope Francis, and two high ranking Vatican diplomats made speeches condemning nuclear weapons. You can read them here 
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Image: BREAKING NEWS: Parliament to vote on Trident replacement next week David Cameron has used a speech at the NATO summit in Warsaw to announce that the long-awaited vote on Trident replacement will take place on Monday 18th July. It isn't yet known whether MPs will be asked to support replacement in principle, or whether they will be asked to consent to the building of four new submarines, at a cost of £41bn. CND analysis has shown that the lifetime cost of Trident replacement will be at least £205bn   Read More...
Image: Trident No More! Demonstrations Across Scotland Saturday 16 July 12noon David Cameron has announced MPs will vote on whether to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system on Monday 18th July. This in spite of the fact that he has resigned and a new Prime Minister is yet to be elected and that the country is still reeling from the Brexit decision. No doubt these things have lead to this rush to squeeze a vote on Trident in before the summer recess but a selfish desire to unite the Tories and split Labour is no reason to take such an important and expensive decision in haste. (Scrap Trident Coalition)   Read More...
Image: Trident and jobs: the employment implications of cancelling Trident replacement

A new report by CND sets the record straight on Trident and jobs. It's often argued that Trident and its replacement provide civilian jobs. While this is true, the extent of this job creation is tiny relative to the sums involved. In effect, they are among the most costly jobs in history. This report looks at how the money saved by not replacing Trident could be used for a massive level of investment that would create many more jobs than the current or future nuclear weapons systems can provide.   Read More...

Image: Trident is being upgraded in secret, report claims Nuclear warhead is being made more destructive and more accurate while an entirely new one is being developed, say researchers
Work is under way in secret at Britain’s nuclear bomb factory to upgrade the existing Trident arsenal and to develop an entirely new warhead, according to a report from the Nuclear Information Service.  The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire is working on a programme to upgrade the current UK Trident warhead to produce the “Mark 4A”, which will be more accurate and have greater destructive power, the report says. The costs and timetable of the programme have not been revealed to parliament. (Richard Norton-Taylor theguardian.com)   Read More...
Image: Pentecost Peace Witness at Faslane 2016
Justice and Peace Commission member, Grace Buckley reports on the Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms, peace witness which took place at Faslane on 14 May 2015.
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Image: Replacing Trident will cost at least £205bn, campaigners say The total cost of replacing the Trident nuclear missile system will come to at least £205bn, far more than previously estimated, according to figures drawn up by the CND. It has calculated the total on the basis of official figures, answers to parliamentary questions and previous costs of items including nuclear warheads and decommissioning nuclear reactors. It says it has not taken into account that past Ministry of Defence projects have frequently gone well over budget. (The Guardian)   Read More...
Image: Stop Trident mass lobby of MPs Westminster, Wednesday 13 July
There will be a vote in Parliament this year on replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system, at an estimated cost well in excess of £100bn. There is growing opposition inside and outside Parliament to the plans, highlighted by the biggest anti-nuclear demonstration for a generation in February. In addition to the Scottish National Party and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, MPs in almost every party planning to vote against Trident replacement.   Read More...
Image: Witness for Peace - Faslane 14 May Justice and Peace will be joining Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms, for their annual 'Witness for Peace' outside the North Gate of Faslane Naval Base at 12 noon on Saturday 14 May. Please join us.    Read More...
Image: ASK your MP to stop the nuclear convoys The Government recently blocked a Bill which would have introduced regulations on the transportation of nuclear warheads around the country. The Bill was introduced following a number of incidents where warheads have been transported in residential areas and in poor weather conditions.   Read More...
Image: Early day motion 956: Trident Replacement Please ask your MP to sign this EDM
That this House notes the publication of the Strategic Defence and Security Review and the National Security Strategy; further notes that the estimated cost of replacing the Vanguard Class of nuclear armed submarines has increased to £31 billion with a £10 billion contingency, and that the date of entry into service for the Successor submarines has been delayed;   Read More...
Image: Stop Trident National Rally - London Pax Christi amongst others is supporting a major national demonstration called by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) to Stop Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system.  They want to make sure that  this will be the biggest protest against nuclear weapons  in a generation, they need your help.   Read More...

2015

Image: Statement of Justice and Peace Commission Welcoming Scottish Parliamentary Vote to Reject Trident Re Justice and Peace Scotland has commended the Scottish Parliament for its recent majority decision against the proposed renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system. The Commission notes that this view is in line with the consistent teaching of the Church; and with the specific statements of the Scottish Bishops, notably in 1982 and 2006.   Read More...
Image: True costs of Trident will be £167 billion A new report from Reuters shows that the true cost of renewing Trident will be far higher than the huge sums already mentioned.  The new estimate is £167 billion. The figure comes from Crispin Blunt MP, based on information from Defence Minister Philip Dunne, taking account of current inflation forecasts. Blunt said "My office calculation based on an in-service date of 2028 and a missile extension until 2060 .. the total cost is 167 billion pounds"   Read More...
Image: Early day motion 417 Trident Renewal Please ask your MP to sign this EDM

That this House notes that the Chancellor of the Exchequer visited the Faslane Naval Base to announce £500 million of spending; is concerned that this announcement pre-empts a final decision on Trident replacement; and calls on the Government to ensure that any decision on the Trident replacement is subject to a vote on the floor of the House and to announce a timetable for that decision.   Read More...

Image: £500m for Faslane while people die on benefits

Scottish CND has hit out at the UK government’s announcement that £500 million will be spent on the nuclear sub base at Faslane. Chancellor George Osborne, in a visit to the Gare Loch facility, said the cash will be spent on upgrading ship lifts, sea walls and jetties and will help secure thousands of jobs.  However, anti-nuclear activists say its real purpose is to entrench further the Trident nuclear weapons programme, which is based at Faslane. (Third Force News)   Read More...

Image: Rethink Trident - sign the statement As Britain faces the deepest public spending cuts in living memory, the country can ill-afford to be spending in excess of £100bn on replacing Trident with a new generation of nuclear weapons.   Read More...
Image: Explosive revelations on Trident safety by Navy whistleblower William McNeilly, a 25 year old Royal Navy engineering technician, has published an account of a patrol on board Trident submarine HMS Vanguard on the internet describing in detail a series of alarming incidents and describing the submarine as being “in the worst of the worst condition”.  His exposures not only put safety standards in the Trident programme under the spotlight, but also bring into question HMS's Vanguard's ability to successfully fire its battery of missiles were the command to launch a nuclear attack ever given. (Nuclear Information Services)   Read More...
Image: Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms - Witness for Peace – Faslane Saturday 23rd May: Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms - Witness for Peace – Faslane. Come and join the Annual All Age Ecumenical Time of Worship at the North Gate of Faslane’s Naval Base on 23rd May 2015. This is a liturgical event and not a political demonstration. It’s an opportunity to sing, pray for peace, keep silence and take a symbolic action against Trident   Read More...
Image: Support the Scrap Trident Demonstration - Sat 4 April Glasgow Justice and peace will be at the Scrap Trident Demonstration this Saturday, why not come and join us - look out for our banner. Speakers: include: Nicola Sturgeon (Leader of SNP); Patrick Harvie MSP (Co-convenor Scottish Greens); Katy Clark MP (Labour Party)   Read More...
Image:  Nuclear safety incidents soar at Clyde submarine base The number of radiation safety incidents at the Clyde naval base where the UK's Trident nuclear weapons submarines are based has risen by more than 50 per cent over a year, according to figures released by the Ministry of Defence   Read More...
Image: Construction of £600m nuclear bomb facility placed on hold amid ‘corner-cutting, incompetence and ch CND has slammed the spiralling costs and ‘catastrophic’ errors during construction of the Ministry of Defence’s flagship nuclear weapons facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment. Project Pegasus, a £634m project which will manufacture enriched uranium components for the UK’s nuclear warheads, is ‘in limbo’ after a catalogue of failings in the planning and construction stages.   Read More...
Image: 75% of Labour's election candidates oppose Trident replacement "A survey for CND shows that Labour's parliamentary candidates - from traditionally safe seats to unwinnable Conservative strongholds through to some of the most vulnerable of Labour's target seats - are overwhelmingly against maintaining Trident when it comes up for renewal."   Read More...
Image: Trident Renewal Commons Hansard: Opposition debate on Trident Renewal   Read More...

2014

Image: Increase in number of nuclear safety incidents sparks concern over safety standards at Clyde base The number of safety incidents recorded at the UK's Trident nuclear submarine and weapons bases on the Clyde estuary has shown a sharp increase according to internal Ministry of Defence  documents.  (Nuclear Information Service)   Read More...
Image: YES or NO Trident has got to go. North Gate Faslane Saturday 20 September 12 noon.

After the historic Referendum Vote this is an opportunity to do something practical and symbolic.. Whether we are celebrating or commiserating with each other - one thing remains clear. The campaign against nuclear weapons will not stop until they are removed, and nothing will make that clearer than our presence at Faslane a mere two days after the vote.  All invited to join Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Weapons in a short sharp event – part demo/part symbolic action. Bring a picnic.   Read More...

Image: Falmouth's rejection of Trident echoes Scottish opposition The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) has welcomed political opponents uniting to reject Falmouth as an alternative to the Clyde nuclear warhead depot. Truro and Falmouth’s Conservative MP Sarah Newton and her Labour challenger Hanna Toms have both rejected proposals to build a Trident nuclear warhead depot close to the town of Falmouth, in the event of an independent Scotland expelling the Trident submarines from the Clyde. The recently elected Green MEP for the South West, Molly Scott-Cato, also expressed her opposition. (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Submarine recall urged as Trident costs escalate further CND has slammed the government for 'ratcheting up expenditure' on nuclear weapons, while calling for nuclear armed subs to be recalled from service in the wake of revelations over new safety issues.   Read More...
Image: Spring walk for Peace - Scottish Parliament to Faslane Base 1 - 7 April Glasgow march & rally - 5 April

The Spring Walk for Peace will set off on April 1 from the Edinburgh Parliament and reach its destination – Faslane Base – on April 7.  Join the walk for any time you are available – a few hours, days or for the whole week. There is no minimum distance. There will be a support vehicle travelling with the Spring Walk the entire way, which will give a lift to anyone needing a rest. The route has been broken down into no more than 15 miles each day. Major Rally on Saturday 5th in George Square.   Read More...

Image: Nuclear weapons no longer relevant to UK’s security needs A recent report from the Nuclear Education Trust has concluded that ‘for now and foreseeable future [there is] no nuclear threat to UK’. The report has taken evidence from a wide range of senior establishment figures in politics and the military. There is an urgent need for a wider and more informed public and Parliamentary debate on nuclear weapons – and especially whether they do or do not contribute to UK's security. It also questions the legality of current plans to upgrade Trident.

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Image: Defence Secretary publishes update on progress with Trident replacement

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has published the second of a series of annual updates on the Trident replacement programme and announced two further contracts with BAE Systems for work on the programme, taking the total spent on replacing Trident to more than £800 million since 2011.    Read More...

2013

Image: Scrap Trident: The Real Alternative With the government's Trident Alternatives Review being recently published, CND have launched a new report,  'The Real Alternative: What the government's Trident Alternatives Review isn't telling you', was launched by CND's Kate Hudson who was joined by Labour MPs Joan Ruddock and Jeremy Corbyn, Lib Dem Tessa Munt and the SNP's Angus Robertson. The report finds that, ‘The government’s failure to consider non-replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons system is an abdication of responsibility’ and says, ‘Non-replacement is a credible option, which offers serious strategic and economic benefits’.  CND argue the government should disarm rather than replace Trident.

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Image: Scrap Trident - Ask your MP to sign EDM150 The Government's Trident Alternatives Review is due to be published shortly. David Cameron has recently announced his support for Trident, once again exposing the differences within the Coalition. Parliament is expected to vote on Trident replacement in 2016. The Government Review, while increasing discussion about Trident, has not included the option of nuclear disarmament. CND will launch its own Real Alternative Review to advocate scrapping Trident and not replacing it.  But before then, they need you to keep up the pressure by taking action. Ask your MP to sign EDM 150 Trident Replacement. Before the Queen's Speech, and thanks to CND supporters lobbying them, 97 MPs added their name to a call to cancel Trident replacement. The same motion has now been relaunched. MPs can sign once again, so we need you to write in again to push that well over 100 MPs.  Find you MP here   Read More...
Image: Blockade of Faslane Naval Base - 15 April

Hundreds of people from across the UK, France and as far away as New Zealand converged on Faslane Naval Base, homeport to Trident, at 7 a.m. on Monday 15 April, blocking all three of its gates and shutting down access, bringing traffic on all roads into the nuclear weapons base to a halt for 3 hours.

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Image: Anti-Trident weekend planned for 13-15th April There are three main arguments against Trident. One is the growing acceptance among senior ex-military types that it has no strategic relevance to Britain’s war machine and that its retention and likely renewal is more about having some spectacular macho bling to dazzle on the world stage. While that argument has significance and cogency among the political elites, it does not have huge popular force in a Scotland largely and rightly alienated from the whole of the UK war-making adventure.   Read More...
Image: Scrap Trident – Defend Disability Rights Since early in 2010, that the cornerstone of the coalition government’s deficit reduction plan was radical and savage cuts to welfare spending. After announcing initial plans to reduce the benefits bill by £18 billion per year by 2014-15, they have ramped up the anti-welfare rhetoric further this year with the announcement that a further £10 billion is to be cut with a new round of reforms from 2017. What is absent from the government’s announcements on welfare ‘reform’ so far, however, is an analysis of just who it is that stands to lose and how exactly that loss will affect them. To some extent, the sheer complexity of the welfare system has assisted the government in hiding the cumulative impact of the changes.
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Image: Scottish Parliament to debate Trident on Wednesday 20 March The Scottish Parliament is holding a debate on Trident at 2 pm on Wednesday 20 March. The motion will be presented by the Scottish Government and there will be a vote at 5 pm, see Agenda for 20 March: Please contact your MSPs and encourage them to oppose Trident. On the day when the Scottish parliament is discussing nuclear weapons, the House of Commons will be hearing George Osborne announce his budget for the year. Please encourage MSPs to say that Trident should be cut, not welfare or public services.   Read More...
Image: Easter Witness for Peace Saturday 23 March, 2013 - Faslane Organised by Scottish Clergy Against Nuclear Weapons
The Easter Witness for Peace 2013 will take place at the gate of Faslane Trident base from 12 noon on Saturday 23 March. This will be an opportunity to meet together and to witness to our common faith in Jesus, the Prince of Peace, and to underline our belief that nuclear weapons are immoral and they should not be maintained or renewed. There will be a short act of worship with singing, prayers for peace, followed by a picnic. Bring food to share. Tea, coffee and juice will be provided. Speakers: Rev Sally Fulton (Church of Scotland), Bishop Joe Toal (Catholic Church) and Bruce Kent (Vice President, CND).  Short statements against nuclear weapons from a range of churches will be read out. Music by the Wild Goose Resource Group.
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Resources


Image: Playing with Fire
07/04/2017
Playing with Fire
Nuclear Weapons Incidents and Weapons Accidents in the United Kingdom

 

A new report by Peter Burt for the Nuclear Information Service, published  February 2017, discussing the accident record of the UK's nuclear weapons programme over its 65 year history. It looks across the full scope of the programme, describing the most significant incidents in detail.

Review of the Report      Full Report



Image: Trident, Jobs and the UK Economy
Published in October 2010, this report examines the employment consequences of a decision to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system



Image: Disarming Trident
09/10/2012
Disarming Trident
A practical guide to de-activating and dismantling the Trident nuclear weapon system
CND report September 2012.



Image: Disarming Trident
20/06/2012
Disarming Trident
Scottish CND has published a new report, Disarming Trident, which shows how nuclear weapons can be de-activated within 7 days, removed from Scotland in 2 years and completely dismantled in 4 years.  The report has been given a warm welcome by the Scottish government. The timetable was described as "highly credible" by Dr Bruce Blair, the leading world expert in this field. There was extensive coverage of their plans in the Sunday Herald, including a front page "Goodbye to Trident".



Image: Trident: No Where To Go
A new report from Scottish CND shows that if Scotland voted for independence and maintained its anti-nuclear position then Britain would be left without any nuclear weapons. The report was also the subject of an article in the Guardian Read the full report here



New report.



Pax Christi




Image: Justice & Peace Scotland Handbook




STUC and Scottish CND report
The STUC and Scottish CND published a report in March 2007, on the economic implications of cancelling Trident.



Image: Paisley Diocesan Trident Leaflet




Image: Replacing Trident: A Scottish Catholic Response




Easter Sunday 2006
The Easter Sunday sermon preached by Cardianl O'Brien at St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, with a focus on the Trident nuclear weapon system.



First 21 pages of document is the debate on Trident.



Statement by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Scotland. 11 April 2006