BAE Systems

Part of Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 2:19 pm on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Conservative, Wyre and Preston North 2:19 pm, 24th November 2011

If my memory serves me correctly, the hon. Gentleman was a special adviser in the Ministry of Defence—if not, I apologise, as I would not want to tarnish him with that accusation. Does he not think it wrong that under the last Government—it is not about party—the decision was made to underpin industrial strategy by guaranteeing work for a period, such as for 15 years on the Clyde, even if contracts were not going to be placed. That would restrict future Governments in deciding the shape of the armed forces and taxpayers’ money would be used to compensate for work that did not actually exist. The Government were the contractor.