Dawn Primarolo MP's latest response to constituents regarding US-UK Mutual Defence Agreement:
Thank you for your recent email regarding the US-UK Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA) and EDM 459. As you may know, in 2010 I was elected Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Parliamentary Convention means Deputy Speakers, like Ministers, do not sign EDMs.
During the debate on this issue in Westminster Hall on 6th November strongly held views on the future of our nuclear deterrent were expressed on both sides of the debate, in which the Government indicated that it would be extending the MDA, probably until 2024. You may wish to read the full account of the proceedings which is available online at the parliament.uk website.
In my view the UK should maintain the minimum possible nuclear deterrent in the most cost effective way. The last Labour Government made significant steps in reducing our nuclear arsenal and I expect that the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review conference in 2015 will provide an opportunity for further progress.
Please do not hesitate to contact me again about this or any other issue.
Dawn Primarolo MP