THE SNP have hit out at Westminster “failure” as MPs accuse the Ministry of Defence of creating a “ticking time bomb” by neglecting nuclear sites. A cross-party committee of MPs says the infrastructure for supporting the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet is no longer “fit for purpose” in a scathing new report. The Commons Public Accounts Committee slammed past decisions to delay maintenance at the MoD’s 13 nuclear sites around the UK. The warning comes after the National Audit Office disclosed earlier this year that the MoD’s “Nuclear Enterprise” programme was facing a £2.9 billion “affordability gap”. SNP defence spokesperson Stewart McDonald said: “It beggars belief that despite a huge cost of £2.2 bn a year to maintain, the UK Government has failed to ensure its fleet of nuclear submarines are fit for purpose.
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The Public Accounts Committee has revealed the latest catalogue of Ministry of Defence incompetence and negligence. It has warned that the infrastructure supporting the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet is no longer ‘fit for purpose’ and that MoD decisions to delay maintenance at its 13 nuclear sites had created a ‘ticking time bomb’. Questioning the ability of the MoD to meet its national security commitments, the Committee highlighted a potential £20 billion shortfall in the MoD’s overall equipment programme. It also raised problems with the delivery of the new aircraft carriers.
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