Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:22 pm on 23rd May 1995.

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Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry) 4:22 pm, 23rd May 1995

The President of the Board of Trade made a statement in the House yesterday about competitiveness, but if GEC should go ahead and acquire VSEL, where will the competition come from for the type 23s or for other future big projects? The right hon. Gentleman rightly paid tribute to Vosper, which will be in a position to bid on some occasions, but if the Government believe in competitive tendering, where will the competitive tenders come from for the big projects?