FABIANI CONCERNS FOR RESIDENTS AFTER SHOCKING FOUR HOUR DELAY EXPOSED IN SCOTTISH NUCLEAR EXERCISE
Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has expressed her concerns following an answer to a Parliamentary Question by her colleague Angus Robertson MP on the delays and confusion that emerged in the mock nuclear accident ‘Exercise Senator’ in 2011 which showed huge delays in responding to the incident involving a convoy on the motorway network in central Scotland.
“Convoys carrying nuclear weapons regularly travel along the M74, just a few miles from East Kilbride. The revelations from the MoD showing they have a four hour target time to reach a nuclear accident are utterly unacceptable.
“The catalogue of errors, communication failures and breakdown in systems left agencies involved in the exercise in a near shambolic state. We are told the MoD are prepared for incidents like this at Faslane, yet expect us to be satisfied with a four hour wait before that team are even ready to leave Bristol and then travel to the scene of any incident.
“There will be many people who are baffled as to why these weapons of mass destruction are dumped on the Clyde near out biggest city in the first place. They will be horrified to learn that in the event of an accident involving these destructive and immoral weapons, the MoD have built in a four hour delay before they even set-off.
“This exercise has exposed worrying deficiencies in the way a real nuclear incident might be dealt with. Only with a Yes Vote in September next year can we be sure that Scotland is rid of nuclear weapons once and for all.”
Parliamentary answer on Exercise Senator :