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Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Equipment Plan 2017 to 2027 (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I agree with my hon. Friend that that is a statement of our aspiration, and it is also a significant statement on the contribution of defence to our national prosperity. Some 3,500 F-35s will be procured worldwide, and 15% of them will be produced here in the United Kingdom. That is equivalent to 525 platforms, which is a significant vote of confidence in UK industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Equipment Plan 2017 to 2027 (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The situation, as per the shipbuilding strategy and as per the letter I sent to the hon. Lady, is that we are looking to procure the fleet solid support ships. The shipbuilding strategy aims to ensure that we have a strong shipbuilding sector, and a strong sector also needs a degree of competition. We are protecting warships as a national capability, but we are opening other elements of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Equipment Plan 2017 to 2027 (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I could not agree more.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Equipment Plan 2017 to 2027 (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I would say, at the risk of repeating myself, that the National Audit Office and the Public Accounts Committee do important work for this House, but I should highlight the fact—I have said this once but I will say it again—that the figures quoted in the NAO report were a worst-case scenario. It looked at every single project hitting the worst-case scenario and at no efficiencies...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: UK Defence Industry (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: We are committed to supporting a thriving and internationally competitive defence sector. We have published our national shipbuilding strategy and refreshed our defence industrial policy, and we are developing a combat air strategy. In March, the Defence Secretary announced he had invited my hon. Friend the Member for Ludlow (Mr Dunne) to conduct a review of the defence contribution to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: UK Defence Industry (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I have consistently argued that the national shipbuilding strategy should be supported across the House, as it offers real support for our shipbuilding industry. We designate warships as a sovereign capability to be built in the UK. Other ships are open to international competition, but I am confident that there will be British yards putting in bids for that work.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: UK Defence Industry (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: My hon. Friend is well known for his championing of issues to do with the Royal Air Force. It is important to say that the Ministry of Defence is currently going through a process of considering the replacement for that capability, and we are also considering the situation with regard to Sentinel moving forward. A decision will be made in due course, and he will be informed at that point.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: UK Defence Industry (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his question. The process will be seen to be fair, because it will be fair. This is a real commitment that we are providing to the shipbuilding sector. We are absolutely committed to it, and we have adopted the shipbuilding strategy. I hope that he will have confidence in the process.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: UK Defence Industry (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: My hon. Friend makes an important point about taking into account the whole contribution made to our economy when a contract is awarded. She will be interested in the new Treasury Green Book and also in some of the conclusions made by my hon. Friend the Member for Ludlow in his report on prosperity.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Combat Aircraft Design (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The Ministry of Defence is working closely with other Government Departments, the UK aerospace sector, academia and international partners to explore the UK’s future approach to combat air capabilities. We intend to publish the initial findings this summer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Combat Aircraft Design (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I think it is fair to say that we are undertaking a combat air strategy because the UK is a global leader in the field. UK industry’s export capabilities in combat air are well known, with £6 billion of exports last year, so we are approaching partnerships across the globe. The Department has written to partners in the US, across Europe and further afield.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Leaving the EU: Aerospace Industry (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The Ministry of Defence is working closely with the defence industry to understand the implications and opportunities presented by the UK’s departure from the European Union. We want to explore how our industries can continue working together, but it is worth noting that current collaborative capability projects, such as Typhoon, are managed bilaterally or with groups of partners, rather...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Leaving the EU: Aerospace Industry (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: What we need moving forward is a strong relationship with the European Union to ensure that we have as frictionless trade as possible with the European Union. I do not think that remaining within the customs union is a prerequisite for a successful defence industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Leaving the EU: Aerospace Industry (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The Government’s aim and aspiration is to ensure that there will be tariff-free trade with the EU. I think that the company referred to by the hon. Gentleman will be very pleased to see a Government who are proactively pushing forward the combat air agenda. We are world leaders in combat air—as I highlighted, 15% of every F-35 is manufactured here in the United Kingdom. We are leading on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Leaving the EU: Aerospace Industry (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I wish I could offer the guarantee that the hon. Lady requests, but it is not possible to do so, because the steel required for the parts of the ships that we are building is not currently available from the United Kingdom. In the work that we are doing on the Type 26 frigate, for example, well over 50% of steel, by value, is from the United Kingdom. However, I am sure that the hon. Lady...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Leaving the EU: Aerospace Industry (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: That is a crucial question, because our involvement with Galileo is important not just for our own security but for that of the European Union. We have committed significant funds to Galileo over the years. We have an obligation to our industry and to our defence capabilities to ensure that we investigate thoroughly the possibility of remaining within the Galileo programme. However, work is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Leaving the EU: Aerospace Industry (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The hon. Gentleman is well aware of the situation. As I articulated in the Westminster Hall debate, Albion and Bulwark are currently expected to be in service until 2033 and 2034 respectively.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Procurement: SMEs (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: Small businesses play a crucial role in our defence capability. To support them, we have launched a supplier portal that brings together a range of information and advice for new suppliers, and we have appointed a champion for smaller businesses to drive engagement. We also now require our largest suppliers to advertise their subcontracting opportunities on Government platforms.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Procurement: SMEs (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: My hon. Friend makes a really important point about the importance of SMEs in innovation and capability. Our refreshed defence industrial policy published last December highlights how we are encouraging competition within the defence sector, maximising opportunities for SMEs. For example, we have produced new short-form contracts that make it easier for SMEs to bid into MOD opportunities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Procurement: SMEs (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I listened very carefully to the right hon. Gentleman, but I would not think that we should take any lessons on trade policy from Donald Trump.


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