Ukraine: Military Equipment

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:39 pm on 27 February 2024.

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Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence 12:39, 27 February 2024

My hon. Friend is sterling in his championing of the Ukrainian cause and of the excellent work done by DE&S in his constituency. I have visited Abbey Wood twice and there is excellent leadership under Andy Start. DE&S has been responsible for the procurement of a huge amount of munitions and materials at pace in Ukraine, but my hon. Friend is right that we also need to think about the long term and how Ukraine can start to build its own industrial base. That is why we recently had our first defence trade visit there. I am keen to see much more of that and pleased to have his support for that work.