MOD insists no plans to move nuclear subs to Wales

Trident submarines will remain based in Scotland says MOD Credit: Press Association Images

The Ministry of Defence says there have been 'no conversations of any kind' with the Welsh Government following reports that civil servants have drawn up contingency plans to move the UK's Trident nuclear submarines from Scotland to Wales.

Newspaper reports have suggested that MOD officials have been seriously examining the practicalities of moving Trident from Faslane to Milfod Haven if it were to become necessary as a result of increasing SNP influence or future independence for Scotland.

In June 2012, the First Minister Carwyn Jones said 'there would be more than a welcome for the UK's nuclear submarine fleet and 6,000 new jobs in Milford Haven.' You can read more about his comments by clicking here.

The story has been denied by the MOD. A source said 'there have been no conversations of any kind with the Welsh Government. And it's issued this statement:

Welsh Government sources have also dismissed the story, saying 'it isn't true.' A spokesperson said:

That hasn't stopped Plaid Cymru demanding answers. The party's MP Jonathan Edwards posted his response on twitter:

He and fellow Plaid MPs are tabling parliamentary questions asking what discussions have been held. In Cardiff Bay, Plaid's leader Leanne Wood is pushing for an urgent question in the Assembly on the matter. She's also writing to the First Minister, Welsh Secretary and Defence Secretary asking them for more information.