Results 1–20 of 1331 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Guto Bebb

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: It is a pleasure to respond to this important debate. I think that we have had 12 passionate speeches on this matter. [Interruption.] I thank the right hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones). Although we all agree about the importance of the future of our shipbuilding sector, there is clearly a differential between my views and those of the Ministry of Defence, and the views of many...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: I just want to place on the record a clarification of the comments made by the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood). He was correct in saying that UK companies were involved in the MARS tanker competition and procurement process, but Opposition Members are also correct in saying that there was no British company involved in a...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: I remind the hon. Gentleman of the comment by my hon. Friend the Member for Torbay: we won the contest to build OPVs for the Irish navy. Again, that seems to be ignored. I find it very odd that Members who claim to speak up for shipyard workers throughout the United Kingdom seem to dismiss our success in ensuring that we had that contract delivered for the Irish navy.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: I need to make some progress because I must cover some of the points that were touched on. From a defence perspective, we are trying to put a coherent plan in place to ensure that we have a competitive UK defence industry that can compete with the best. The way to do that is not to be scared of competition but to embrace competition. We have a shipbuilding strategy that says very clearly that...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: The key thing, as my hon. Friend the Member for Torbay said, is that when Opposition Members talk about threats to the south Wales steel industry as a result of the “America first” policy, they are quite happy to attack Donald Trump for his protectionist attitude. The same thing can apply to this debate in spades, I am afraid. Competition and the ability to compete internationally...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: No, I will not give way any further at this point. The key thing that Opposition Members need to be aware of is that in addition to developing a shipbuilding strategy, we are ensuring that we are looking at the future of our combat air. That shows that this Government are taking a coherent approach across the board. We recognise fully in the Ministry of Defence the importance of defence in...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: The hon. Gentleman makes a very important point, which has been a significant part of the discussion and is certainly being looked at closely in terms of the modernising defence programme. I welcome that sensible contribution.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: I am sorry, but I have to make some progress. What we are highlighting is that across the Chamber we want to see a successful British shipbuilding sector, and we categorically want to see the conclusion of Sir John Parker’s report implemented. He said clearly in recommendation 21 that he wanted to see the opportunity for British shipyards to compete for the fleet solid support ships...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: I will, as a final point of courtesy, allow my fellow Welshman to intervene.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: No, of course it is not, which is why every single tenderer in this process will be subject to the same procurement rules and the same European rules that exist at this point in time, to ensure that we have a level playing field. The hon. Gentleman should understand the importance of ensuring that we have a level playing field. The way to ensure such a level playing field is not to insist on...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: Phalanx is a defensive weapon.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Fleet Support Ships (9 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: Since entering a four-year assessment phase in April 2016, the project has held three industry days. We have also undertaken a period of market engagement with UK and international shipbuilders. We formally launched the international competition on 5 June. Subject to normal approvals, our current intent is to award the contract in 2020.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Fleet Support Ships (9 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: I am surprised by the hon. Gentleman’s question. I have explained several times at the Dispatch Box that we have adopted the shipbuilding strategy in full. The strategy is clear about defining warships as a capability that will be built in the UK and non-warships as a capability that will be subject to international competition.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Fleet Support Ships (9 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The weapons element of any ship that is not designated as a warship will be procured from the United Kingdom and fixed on to the platforms in the United Kingdom.[Official Report, 12 July 2018, Vol. 644, c. 7MC.]

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Fleet Support Ships (9 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: I reject the right hon. Gentleman’s comments. This Department and this Government have supported our shipbuilding industry to such an extent that for the first time in 40 years we have actually secured significant orders for the export of British-designed warships to Australia. The right hon. Gentleman should recognise that the shipbuilding strategy is working by ensuring that our yards...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Fleet Support Ships (9 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: My hon. Friend makes an important point. Our shipbuilding industry, our businesses and our yards are fully engaged with the process, and they are confident that they can bring forward a successful bid. The key thing is that they will be bringing bids forward knowing that they are competitive on the world stage, not just being protected due to a “Britain First” policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Fleet Support Ships (9 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: First, I extend my thanks to the workers of the Rosyth yard for their fantastic work on our carriers. Secondly, the report that has been produced about the contribution of defence to the prosperity of the UK is important, but I return to the point I made earlier: we have adopted all the recommendations of the shipbuilding strategy, and we are already seeing the results.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Fleet Support Ships (9 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question but, once again, I refer him back to the shipbuilding strategy, which was endorsed on a cross-party basis. The key thing is that the Type 31e is a frigate and, as such, is designated as a warship. The fleet solid support ships are not designated as warships. We are very clearly following through the shipbuilding strategy, which we think will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Leaving the EU: Defence and Military Aerospace Industry (9 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: The Ministry of Defence is working closely with the defence industry to understand the implications and opportunities presented by our departure from the EU. We will continue to work with our allies and partners on the development of the capability that we need to keep us safe, and much of this already takes place outside an EU framework. The UK defence industry is globally competitive and I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Leaving the EU: Defence and Military Aerospace Industry (9 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: I am glad to say to the hon. Gentleman that a cross-governmental group is looking into this issue to ensure that we are prepared for the possibility of having to build an independent system for the United Kingdom, but I repeat from the Dispatch Box what I have said previously: our preference is to remain involved in the Galileo project. To exclude the United Kingdom from the project would...


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