Defence Industry: Scotland

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:47 pm on 30th April 2019.

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Photo of Jeremy Lefroy Jeremy Lefroy Conservative, Stafford 4:47 pm, 30th April 2019

Does my hon. Friend agree that it is not just a question of defending the United Kingdom’s territorial waters and our contribution to NATO, but goes much further afield? We forget that the maintenance of a blue-water Navy is vital to trade. One only has to look at the Red sea. I used to ship coffee from the Port of Tanga through the Suez canal to Europe and around the world. Piracy around the Red sea was rife; ships were hijacked until the European Union force and others, led until recently by the United Kingdom, were there with ships built in Scotland.