BAE Systems

Part of Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 2:13 pm on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Percy Andrew Percy Conservative, Brigg and Goole 2:13 pm, 24th November 2011

It is a pleasure to follow my near neighbour and fellow east Yorkshire MP, Karl Turner. I also pay tribute to my right hon. Friend Mr Davis and Alan Johnson for securing this important debate.

I cannot add much to the arguments about Brough so I shall talk about the impact on the local economy. First, though, I shall respond to one or two of the points made by other Members, starting with my hon. Friend Mr Wallace. It is a little unfair to suggest that we think that everything should be bought here in the United Kingdom or that there is some sort of magic bullet. We recognise the requirement for partnership, to which my right hon. Friend the Member for Haltemprice and Howden referred. We are asking, “Are we getting what we can out of these contracts, or is the country too subservient in this sector?”

I am delighted that the debate has not turned party political or into a Lancashire versus Yorkshire argument, which is important to me as a Percy: the Percys fought on the Lancastrian side despite being a Yorkshire family. [Interruption.] Actually, we changed sides halfway through because we like to be on the winning side.