BUSINESS QUESTION – TRIDENT DEBATE – 8 March 2007

Dr Julian Lewis: Can the Deputy Leader of the House give us an assurance that the wording of the motion on Trident next Wednesday will not be watered down from a clear commitment to continuing to possess, after Trident, a nuclear deterrent based on submarines and Trident missile systems? As the Government are apparently worried about a revolt on their Back Benches, such a watering down of the terminology of the motion would, first, be ineffective in heading off such a revolt and, secondly, be unnecessary given the solid support for the White Paper that they can expect from those on the Conservative Benches?

[The Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (Nigel Griffiths):  ... A motion will be tabled this week and I am sure that it will be clear and that it will allow people to vote accordingly.]