New Forest East


Dr Julian Lewis: We have heard today that the Leader of the House wants a debate on the future of Trident, that the spokesman for the Scottish Nationalists wants a debate on the future of Trident, and I know from personal experience that the leader of the Labour Party is never afraid to have a debate on the future of Trident, so why have we not been given a date for the 'main gate' debate and decision? Surely the Prime Minister cannot be so occupied with considerations of European negotiations as to delay this issue once more, when it was outrageously delayed for five years as part of a grubby coalition deal in 2010.

[The Leader of the House of Commons (Chris Grayling): As we have heard, my right hon. Friend feels strongly that we should have such debates. He may be right about the Leader of the Opposition, but I am not sure that the rest of those on the Labour Front Bench want to have that debate any time soon. This is a matter under consideration and I hope to be able to indicate in the not too distant future the Government’s plans for future debates about defence matters.]