Defence Exports: NATO

Defence – in the House of Commons on 2nd November 2020.

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Photo of Aaron Bell Aaron Bell Conservative, Newcastle-under-Lyme

What steps his Department is taking to support defence exports to NATO partners.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The MOD leads on strategic export campaigns to our NATO partners, and from my personal contacts, including recent trips to Estonia and Poland, I know how respected UK military kit and innovation are. We work closely across Government to support British exports and western security.

Photo of Aaron Bell Aaron Bell Conservative, Newcastle-under-Lyme

I recently had the pleasure of meeting the chief executive of Meighs & Westleys at its site in Newcastle under Lyme, where it manufactures high-integrity castings for the UK naval supply chain. It is already exporting 5% directly to the United States and another 5% through intermediaries. Will my hon. Friend praise the company for its export success so far, and will he work with the Secretary of State for International Trade to encourage further export success in the future?

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

I absolutely congratulate the company on its successes, both at home and overseas. I work closely with colleagues in the Department for International Trade, particularly in the defence and security exports team, and I will happily, via my hon. Friend, introduce the company to that team to see what they can do to assist it.