The Ministry of Defence hatched a plan to dump nuclear submarines off the coast of Scotland, newly-released government papers reveal. The confidential survey from 1989 proposed moving decommissioned warcraft from Rosyth naval dockyard and storing them on the seabed near Skye, Mull and Barra. Fife MP Douglas Chapman told The Ferret website that the plan, which was dropped without being made public, shows how the MoD sees Scotland as “some sort of convenient nuclear dustbin”. Defence officials drew up highly-detailed plans for the seabed storage, believing it was “feasible” and would keep the rusting crafts out of view. Six sites on the Western Isles were identified in the document and the plan was they would be hidden for at least 60 years to buy time for a more suitable alternative.

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Published: 31 December 2018