Shipbuilding

Defence written question – answered on 28th November 2013.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Independent, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the use of the UK for the building of ships for the US Navy; and what steps he is taking to promote the UK as a location for naval ship building in the future.

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

The Secretary of State for Defence and the US Secretary of Defence have not discussed the UK building ships for the US Navy. The UK is inhibited by the restrictions imposed by US Act of Congress 7309. This Act forbids the construction of a military vessel (or any substantial part thereof) at a foreign yard unless authorised by the President, in the interests of national security. Legal restrictions also exist on the leasing of foreign vessels by the US military.

The UK is actively marketing the Type 26 Global Combat Ship globally. Defence Ministers have discussed the Type 26 with a number of countries and we expect further interest once the UK has made its formal investment decision, which is expected to be in late 2014.

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