James GRAY   Conservative MP for North Wiltshire

During yesterday’s Urgent Question to the Secretary of State for Defence on the test firing of a Trident nuclear missile in June 2016, North Wiltshire MP James Gray welcomed Defence Secretary’s response and argued that last year’s debate on the replacement of Vanguard-class submarines had nothing to do with Trident II D5 missiles.

Mr Gray said:

“I very much welcome the Secretary of State’s tone and approach so far. These things should always be secret, in my view, but will he go further and speculate on why, when last year’s debate was on the renewal of the Vanguard-class submarines and had nothing whatsoever to do with Trident missiles, there is any suggestion that the Prime Minister should have announced this failure?”

Responding, the Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon, said:

“[T]he Government would not have brought the motion before the House last July had there been any doubt about the safety, capability or effectiveness of the Trident missile system. However, my hon. Friend is right to remind the House that the vote, and the huge majority it secured, was of course on the principle of our deterrent and the Government’s plan to renew our four submarines.”