Bombardier

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:36 am on 22nd November 2018.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley 11:36 am, 22nd November 2018

Like my hon. Friend Barry Gardiner, I was appalled by the Minister’s statement that as Bombardier is a private company the Government have no role in its commercial decisions—the “not me, guv” approach to government. It mirrors the blinkered approach of the Ministry of Defence, which has been shovelling contracts towards Boeing, often without competition, while Boeing is trying to crash Bombardier. What sort of message does the Minister think that that sends? Is it really too much to hope for a whole-of-government, active approach to back an industrial strategy, and back British industry and British workers?