Since 2006 there have been greater than 500 security occasions recorded at Faslane, the house of the UK’s nuclear deterrent, the MoD has revealed.



The determine was disclosed by defence minister Stuart Andrew in response to a parliamentary query from Deidre Brock, an SNP MP from Edinburgh.


Final yr, Downing Avenue was accused of covering-up a malfunction within the Trident nuclear deterrent simply weeks earlier than a vital Home of Commons vote.


In whole 505 “occasions” have been recorded at HM Naval Base Clyde at Faslane, the place many of the UK’s nuclear submarine fleet is predicated, over the previous 12 years.


Mr Andrew’s letter explains: “These occasions could also be near-misses, tools failures, human error or procedural failings.


“They’re raised, nonetheless minor they might seem, to encourage a complete, strong reporting tradition, undertake studying from expertise and to take early corrective motion.”


Two of the incidents listed have been recorded with essentially the most severe classification, Class A, and occurred in 2006 and 2007.


In keeping with the letter, Class A occasions have “precise or excessive potential for radioactive launch to the setting of portions in extra of IRR99 notification limits”.


The defence minister clarified that in “neither occasion was any radiological contamination evident” and added: “Not one of the occasions triggered hurt to the well being of any member of employees on the naval base, or to any member of the general public.”


Mr Andrew harassed that the MoD takes all incidents, irrespective of how minor, “extraordinarily critically” and stated that they’re investigated with acceptable measures put in place.





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Faslane naval base is the place the UK’s nuclear deterrent is predicated



Nevertheless, the figures reveal a rise in recorded incidents lately – with 80 being famous in 2016, and 73 in 2017.


Kate Hudson, basic secretary for the Marketing campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), stated: “When the MoD took the choice to censor annual nuclear security experiences which had beforehand been made public, we feared that security at Faslane was worsening.


“Whereas we welcome a return to a level of transparency, the figures within the defence minister’s letter confirms our fears, revealing a listing of accidents within the final three years.


“Many of those incidents concerned the Trident submarines which carry Britain’s nuclear weapons.


“The incidents add to the dire warnings in September’s public accounts committee report which revealed severe infrastructure issues, together with large delays and overspending.”





SNP MP Deirdre Brock

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Ms Brock stated the incidents raised questions on Faslane



The SNP MP, Ms Brock, stated: “Discovering that there’s a succession of security failures, multiple every week lately, actually brings dwelling how harmful Faslane is.


“We have got the world’s most harmful weapons however they appear to be beneath the management of the Keystone Cops.


“One unhealthy mistake at Faslane might be the top of all of us and it is well beyond time that these weapons have been faraway from Scotland.”




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