Shipbuilding: Portsmouth

Defence written question – answered on 25th November 2013.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Independent, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many options were submitted to the Government before the decision to close Portsmouth's ship-building facility.

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

The 2009 Terms of Business Agreement requires BAE Systems (BAES) to rationalise its shipbuilding business in line with the predicted future workload. The company considered a number of scenarios, utilising external advisers to assist. As internal company business, these scenarios were not formally submitted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD), as the final decision on how to rationalise its business was a matter for the company.

Detailed discussions between the MOD and BAES focused on only one scenario, the company's preferred option, to focus complex warship building on the Clyde.

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