Contracts for nuclear subs

The replacement of the Trident nuclear deterrent based at Faslane on the Clyde is expected to come a step closer today when ministers announce the signing of multi-million-pound contracts to design new submarines.

The Ministry of Defence is believed to have placed £350 million of work to design the new vessels, while British defence companies are also expected to be asked to begin work on their nuclear propulsion systems.

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The MoD said details of the contracts, including the companies that have been asked to do the work, are expected to be announced in a written statement to Parliament today.