BAE Systems

Part of Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 1:03 pm on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Alan Johnson Alan Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle 1:03 pm, 24th November 2011

We are pleased to get an enterprise zone, but we need to look at other work that these skilled workers can do; many companies would be pleased to get them. Our point is that this requires a new way of thinking. There is no reason why we cannot bring packages of civil aviation work to Brough, where there is a fabulous site and a really good work force. The alternative is that these workers have to move, which is very difficult given the housing market and all the other problems that they face with schools, families and so on. We then find very highly skilled workers ending up as taxi drivers or dropping out because they have to stay in their local area. Will the Minister consider, with Allan Cook, attracting these packages, given that there is such a skills shortage in commercial aviation?