Defence Industry

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 20th November 2013.

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Photo of Duncan McNeil Duncan McNeil Labour

I think that both Governments need to get together to discuss diversification in shipbuilding, with the defence contracts being used as a core or backbone.

We need to keep the First Minister, Mr Salmond, to his promise about the reindustrialisation of the Clyde. We need to deliver on renewable jobs. We need to re-equip the North Sea. We need to do all those things. There is no point in pointing to history and saying that it was all someone else’s fault when in our time we are not doing any better. Where is our manufacturing strategy? That is the challenge to us today and in the future. Let us develop our manufacturing strategy, irrespective of whether people vote for independence or to remain within the union. That is our responsibility. Let us face up to it.