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Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: I just want to make a technical point. One reason why we are in this situation is that the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, as I mentioned, is made up of civilians. Most nations that have advanced naval capability have support vessels that are part of their naval fleet; it is for sovereign capability that those ships are built in that way. They do not have even the freedom to offer that elsewhere.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: May I invite the hon. Gentleman to visit a Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship to see the self-defence assets that are on board? That is allowed by law, given that civilians are working there. They are allowed to have a certain accommodation of capability, as he has just rolled out. That does not make such a vessel a royal naval warship or one that is doing any kinetic operations.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: rose—

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: That was an introduction and a half. Thank you very much, Madam Deputy Speaker: it is a real pleasure to take part in this important debate. Looking at the motion, I see much on which we are in agreement, and looking around the Chamber, I see many of the usual characters who wholly support not only the armed forces and the armed forces industry, but our defence posture. Defence investment is...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: If the hon. Gentleman will let me finish this peroration, I will of course give way, just to re-energise myself. If we allow that trade to be affected by the changes made in the world around us by nations that choose to breach the rules we helped set up after the second world war, there will not be any money for any Government Departments, let alone the MOD. I hope we can join together to...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: There is nothing in that that I would disagree with; the hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. I will come on to what we are doing to promote Royal Navy ships; we will come on to the core fact of what is a Royal Navy ship and what is a fleet auxiliary ship, which again goes to the heart of the difference in how these different types of ship are procured.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: I will move on to our maritime capability and our procurement process, but first please allow me to finish the bigger case of why it is important that we invest here. I am making the point that although we must persuade Members of Parliament, we also need to persuade the nation. This is the same nation that enjoyed the fly-past yesterday and that expects us to step forward as a global...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: During my time as a Member of Parliament I have seen a change in the posture of the Royal Navy that we can all be proud of. What is the Type 45? It is the best in its class. What is the Type 26? It will be the best in its class. What is the Type 31? It is a change in approach to modular design, which will be exactly what we need for export. This is what Britain is doing. We invented the...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: I have hinted that I will come to that in a second, but there is a distinction between fleet support ships that employ civilians and Royal Navy ships that employ Royal Navy personnel. There is a distinction between the two from a security perspective. Going back to the point about value for money for the taxpayer, the Defence Secretary, the Procurement Minister and I all want to ensure that...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: Now we really are seeing the difference between us, if the hon. Lady is comparing this situation with the coalmining industry. Is that where this debate is going? I certainly hope not.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: I am suddenly very popular, but may I just finish answering that point? Then perhaps we can go round houses. This is a serious point. The hon. Lady did not answer the question on whether she would endorse purchasing a British-built ship that cost twice the amount as one built elsewhere. I hear what she says about the knock-on impacts for small and medium-sized businesses and so on, but a...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: There is so much choice that I do not know where to start. Let us go with the right hon. Member for Warley (John Spellar).

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: I am glad that the right hon. Gentleman put it like that, because I was worried that he was going to say that state aid had been involved. I am sure that he would not suggest that that was the case, because I know him better than that, even though that was hinted at by those on his Front Bench. That was the commercial decision that the company took, but we are left in a situation where...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: The right hon. Gentleman sits down and folds his arms, but there was a UK bid.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: There was a UK bid.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: I would like to move on, so I am going to make some progress and perhaps invite the Minister responsible for procurement, who will be concluding the debate, to go into the detail of the bid. If Labour is taking a position of only taking British offers and not looking abroad, it is not taking taxpayer value for money into consideration.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, but I want to move on to the second question that I posed, which is how we can best meet the ambition of optimising our industry’s capabilities while spending taxpayers’ money wisely. The UK is a world leader in the defence sector. In 2016, the UK defence sector had a turnover of £23 billion, £5.9 billion of which was export orders. The...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: My hon. Friend is very keen.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: We have wandered away from ships a little, but my hon. Friend is right. I pay tribute to the RAF for its event yesterday, and for what it has done and continues to do. The Royal International Air Tattoo starts at RAF Fairford on Friday, and we have the Farnborough airshow next week, where we will be launching our air strategy, based on the same principles as for shipping, which will be...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Tobias Ellwood: I will, but I need to make progress, as other people want to speak and there may be something else that we all want to go to later.


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