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.
The UK government’s £11 billion programme to deliver seven new nuclear-powered submarines to the Clyde has been delayed for 17 months because of “emergent technical issues”.
The UK government’s nuclear weapons programme is facing 21 technical and logistical risks and could end up costing taxpayers £172 billion, according to a new report.
UK nuclear submarine crews don’t want to live around the Faslane naval base on the Clyde because of the prospect of Scottish independence, according to an internal report for the Ministry of Defence.
The Ministry of Defence has been formally reprimanded by its internal safety regulator for five nuclear safety breaches, according to documents seen by The Ferret.
The Ministry of Defence has come under fierce fire after refusing to reveal the official safety ratings given by its watchdog for the Trident nuclear weapons system on the Clyde.
UK government plans for new Trident submarine reactors are under threat from staff shortages and spending cuts.
Revelations that the Ministry of Defence is planning 14 new developments at the Trident nuclear bases on the Clyde have sparked criticism.