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Warships: Procurement

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley

What priority his Department accords to the preservation of UK shipbuilding capacity when awarding contracts to build the fleet solid support ships.

Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Government’s National Shipbuilding Strategy was clear that for reasons of national security warships must be built in the UK.

Fleet solid support ships do not fall under the National Shipbuilding Strategy definition of a warship. All non-Warships are procured through international competition to secure best value for money.

We have encouraged UK shipyards to participate in the competition and have been pleased with the positive engagement so far.

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