1. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament today welcomed the announcement by
a Pentagon official that interceptor
missiles for the
Chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said, "This is a strong
indication of the growing power of peace campaigning in the
This is a victory for peace and democracy. The majority of the British people want no part in these preparations for further militarisation and war."
[There can be little doubt that the pressure to stop these
CND Chair Kate Hudson will take part in a high-profile visit to the
Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston, where
She said, “Particularly at a time when the international
community is attempting to prevent
Whether inside or outside the AWE fence, the delegation will tour the site, where developments on the scale of Heathrow’s Terminal 5 expansion strongly suggest new nuclear weapons are already under development. These include:
(1) Government investment of £1 billion in Aldermaston AWE over the next three years, including hiring over 1000 new scientists and engineers
(2) Plans to build the ORION laser at a cost of at least £100 million
(3) Development of new ‘super-computers’ which are capable of simulating nuclear tests and designing new weapons. These will increase the facility’s computing power by a factor of 900.
(4) Plans to build new hydrodynamics test facilities, as well as tritium and highly-enriched uranium plants
(5) Plans for recruitment of 80 new specialist scientists and advertising for staff to join the ‘warhead development centre’
Following the fact-finding visit, the delegation will travel to the House of Commons to meet Hans Blix, who will present the new UN Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Commission report to MPs and the media. The report recommends that nuclear weapons be outlawed completely and highlights how important Britain’s decision whether or not to build a new generation of nuclear weapons is to the future of international nuclear disarmament.