National Shipbuilding Strategy — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:48 pm on 8th February 2017.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham 2:48 pm, 8th February 2017

The hon. Lady makes a very good point. The issue is not just about generating the skills in the first place—the key investment that companies need to make in apprenticeships and other things. This is now an international market. There are perhaps engineers working on the Clyde who, if there is no work, will move elsewhere in the world. In some cases, they will not come back to the industry. We found that with the Astute programme; nuclear engineers left and trying to get them back, or regenerating those skills and expertise, was very difficult.