To ask the Secretary of State for Defence
(1) what estimate his Department has made of the cost of replicating the facilities at Faslane and Coulport at another site in the UK;
(2) what contingency arrangements his Department has put in place for the operation of Vanguard class submarines should HMNB Clyde become inoperable.
The UK Government position is clear: Scotland benefits from being part of the UK and the UK benefits from having Scotland within it. The UK Government are not making plans for independence as we are confident that people in Scotland will continue to support Scotland remaining within the UK in any referendum.
No work has been undertaken to estimate the cost of replicating the facilities at Faslane and Coulport at another site in the UK. It is clear from first principles, however, that the cost of relocating such facilities from Scotland would be extremely high.
I am withholding information relating to contingency planning arrangements should Her Majesty's Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde become inoperable for the purpose of safeguarding national security.