BAE Systems

Part of Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 12:27 pm on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden 12:27 pm, 24th November 2011

Frankly, I will resist making this a Labour versus Tory argument, for a simple reason. For the past 10 years, when it comes to BAE Systems and employment in our constituencies, the right hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle and I have studiously aimed solely at protecting jobs, sometimes demurring from scoring political points. My hon. Friend Mr Wallace makes a good general point: there is a central planning approach—a bad one—but the raw truth is that it was designed to ensure that our defence capability and defence employment were stable, and would be there in time of war. That has been turned, and it has effectively been used to destroy those jobs and that defence capability.