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 Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood Conservative, Bournemouth East 12:27 pm, 24th November 2011

My right hon. Friend makes a powerful argument, much of which I agree with, but in the interests of balance, will he concede that there is another side to the coin? The Apache helicopter, which we purchased, made by Boeing, was built in the UK, not by the American work force. We also make kit that is exported: the empennage—the rear section—of the F-35, designed for an American market, is made here, and the M777 Howitzer is made in this country and exported. There is another side to the coin.