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Nuclear Weapons Expenditure And The Peace Dividend

EDM number 2445 in 1992-93, proposed by Llew Smith on 18/10/1993.

That this House welcomes the overwhelming vote at the Labour Party conference calling for United Kingdom defence spending to be reduced to the average level of other West European countries, allied to constructive plans for defence diversification, arms conversion and the transfer of the savings made to economic and social priorities by investment in job creation and economic development and the restructuring of Britain's crumbling infrastructure; recognises the importance of the call for making retraining of the defence sector workforce a priority; applauds the conference majority decision calling for the immediate scrapping of the Trident submarine and weapons programme as an essential step towards the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide; believes that in rejecting Trident the United Kingdom can demonstrate genuine support for strengthening the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and bolster the consolidation of a comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty; further believes that the lifetime costs of Trident deployment will be at least ú33 billion when re-fit, replacement and decommissioning are included and that it is the hidden extra costs of continuing the United Kingdom nuclear weapons programme that is bound to reduce drastically the possibility of a positive peace dividend; and therefore calls upon Her Majesty's Government to support the cancellation of the Trident programme and to plan the investment of resources saved into job creation and industrial innovation in the civil economy.

This motion has been signed by a total of 38 MPs.

Llew Smith18/10/1993Blaenau GwentProposed
Robert Parry18/10/1993Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Roger Berry18/10/1993KingswoodSigned
Tony Benn18/10/1993ChesterfieldSigned
Harry Barnes18/10/1993North East DerbyshireSigned
Neil Gerrard18/10/1993WalthamstowSigned
Terry Davis18/10/1993Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
Bob Cryer18/10/1993Bradford SouthSigned
Jean Corston18/10/1993Bristol EastSigned
Jeremy Corbyn18/10/1993Islington NorthSigned
Michael Connarty18/10/1993Falkirk EastSigned
Harry Cohen18/10/1993LeytonSigned
Michael Clapham18/10/1993Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Malcolm Chisholm18/10/1993Edinburgh LeithSigned
Alan Meale18/10/1993MansfieldSigned
John McAllion18/10/1993Dundee EastSigned
Alice Mahon18/10/1993HalifaxSigned
Eddie Loyden18/10/1993Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Ken Livingstone18/10/1993Brent EastSigned
Joan Lestor18/10/1993EcclesSigned
Lynne Jones18/10/1993Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Helen Jackson18/10/1993Sheffield, HillsboroughSigned
Dennis Skinner18/10/1993BolsoverSigned
Alan Simpson18/10/1993Nottingham SouthSigned
Jo Richardson18/10/1993BarkingSigned
Chris Mullin18/10/1993Sunderland SouthSigned
Colin Pickthall19/10/1993West LancashireSigned
Peter Hain19/10/1993NeathSigned
Norman Godman19/10/1993Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe19/10/1993LeighSigned
Tom Cox19/10/1993TootingSigned
Frank Cook19/10/1993Stockton NorthSigned
Bill Michie19/10/1993Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Terry Patchett19/10/1993Barnsley EastSigned
John Heppell20/10/1993Nottingham EastSigned
Jack Thompson20/10/1993WansbeckSigned
Mildred Gordon21/10/1993Bow and PoplarSigned
Tony Banks21/10/1993Newham North WestSigned

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