Kevan Jones: The Minister is being economical with his quote, because it was not about design—it was about the export of a vessel, which we have not done since 1960. Does he envisage a day when we will be building French, German and Italian warships in UK yards?
Kevan Jones: This is all very interesting, but when is my hon. Friend going to reply to this debate? Some very serious points have been raised about defence issues, which are very relevant to defence workers across this country. I am sorry, but this is simply not answering them.
Kevan Jones: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I thought that it was customary in a wind-up to reply to the debate. I am sorry, but Big Ben has not been mentioned this afternoon. The many defence workers who lobbied Parliament yesterday on this contract expect us to respond to this debate.
Kevan Jones: I welcome this debate and declare two interests: first, as a member of the GMB union; and, secondly, as the chair of the all-party group on shipbuilding and ship repair. This is a great opportunity to highlight a great industry encompassing not only shipbuilding, but maritime engineering, ship repair, design and combat systems. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the skills of the...
Kevan Jones: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Kevan Jones: Could the hon. Gentleman give me an example of a single country in the world, including the United States, that would have procured these naval ships from overseas yards?
Kevan Jones: The Minister is talking complete and utter nonsense. On the military afloat reach and sustainability contract, there was no UK bid, and the reason for that was that the industry was told that the contract was going abroad. As my right hon. Friend the Member for Warley has just said, the Korean bid was underbid and basically bankrolled by the South Korean Government.
Kevan Jones: The hon. Member for Ludlow (Mr Dunne) raises an interesting point, but the issue is not so much about the policy as about the implementation of it. That is what the Treasury and others have got to start doing.
Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend agree that the Government have a poor track record in doing what she suggests? Under the P-8 and Apache contracts with Boeing, for example, there is very little work share and very few jobs coming back into the UK.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's preferred outcomes are for the Western Balkans Summit on 10 July.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish each defence procurement exercise his Department has exempted from international competition under Article 346 of the Treaties on the Functioning of the European Union since August 2011.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State’s letter to the Chair of the House of Commons Defence Committee, on the procurement of Fleet Solid Support ships, dated 29 May 2018, what assessment has he made of the compatibility of the Korean Development Bank’s Ocean Value-Up Fund with EU state aid rules.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State’s letter to the Chair of the House of Commons Defence Committee, on the procurement of Fleet Solid Support ships dated 29 May 2018, whether the preservation of industrial capability can be classified to be a national security interest for the purpose of invoking Article 346 exemptions.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department classifies River-class Offshore Patrol Vessels as warships.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a decision to restrict the competition for the procurement of Fleet Solid Support ships to UK companies would result in compensation costs to non-UK companies that have taken part in the market engagement process.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the number of cosmetic surgery practitioners who continue to practice who have previously declared bankruptcy.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds information on the number of fly in, fly out cosmetic surgeons practising in the UK.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients admitted to hospital A&E departments were admitted as a result of aesthetic surgery complications in each of the last two years.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ultrasound scans associated with complications as a result of breast augmentation were performed in each of the last three years.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of corrective surgery performed by the NHS as a result of complications arising from bariatric surgery performed in the private sector.