A ruling allowing the Ministry of Defence to keep nuclear safety problems secret has been condemned as a threat to democracy, with “devastating” accident risks.
The UK government is accused of secretly boosting the number of Trident nuclear warheads stored on the Clyde over the last five years.
As many as 22 nuclear warheads were transported from England to Scotland in eight road convoys during 2020 despite coronavirus restrictions.
Nuclear bomb sites across the UK have fire safety problems as well as shortages of safety regulators and engineers, according to a Ministry of Defence report.
The cost of UK programmes to replace Trident and nuclear submarines on the Clyde increased by over £1 billion in a year, according to data released by the Ministry of Defence.
The Ministry of Defence has wasted £9 million on tax fines, contract errors and other “fruitless payments”, according to an official list.
The Ministry of Defence has “major weaknesses” in its safety systems putting the military and civilians at risk from accidental injuries and death, according to the MoD’s internal watchdog.
Staff shortages have prevented an official watchdog from completing all “essential tasks” to ensure the safety of the UK nuclear weapons programme, according to a previously confidential Ministry of Defence report.
The UK government’s nuclear safety watchdog has criticised the Ministry of Defence for hiding efforts to ensure the safety of Britain’s nuclear bomb programme under a cloak of secrecy.