Defence written question – answered on 6th November 2013.

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Photo of Ian Lavery Ian Lavery Labour, Wansbeck

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any jobs will be lost as a result of the decision to sell the two charter vessels procured under the Strategic Sealift Service private finance initiative.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The movement of cargo by sea is primarily provided through the private finance initiative (PFI) strategic sealift service. The review of the Ministry of Defence's strategic sealift requirement in autumn 2011, concluded that better value for money would be achieved if the number of vessels contracted as part of this PFI was reduced from six to four. This reduction became effective on 27 April 2012.

Under the PFI agreement all six vessels are owned and operated by Foreland Shipping. Any reduction in manpower that may result from the decision to reduce the number of vessels is a matter for Foreland Shipping.

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