Helen Jones (Warrington North, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence
(1) what estimate he has made of the number of jobs dependent on orders for submarines in (a) Warrington and (b) the North West;
(2) what estimate he has made of the amount spent in the North West as a result of his Department's orders for submarines.
Peter Luff (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Defence Equipment, Support and Technology), Defence; Mid Worcestershire, Conservative)
These data are not held by the Ministry of Defence. The UK defence budget has never been allocated or planned on a regional basis and decisions on where contracts with industry are placed are not taken in order to benefit one local economy or industry sector over another.