Devonport and the Royal Navy

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:05 pm on 5th March 2008.

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Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence 8:05 pm, 5th March 2008

It most certainly does, so it is well placed to bid for this work, but as I have said, it is early days and I cannot offer the confirmation that my hon. Friend doubtless wants me to offer. I know that she will keep badgering me until I do so.

Finally, I take the opportunity to reiterate that we have no plans to close any of the naval bases, including Devonport. It would be wrong, however, if we did not continue carefully to consider how best to support the Royal Navy and to ensure that waterfront activity is delivered in an efficient and sustainable manner.