British Steel: Insolvency

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of Nia Griffith Nia Griffith Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment she has made of the effect of British Steel's recent insolvency announcement on (a) the Fleet Solid Support contract and (b) other defence-related contracts.

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

Steel for our major defence programmes is generally sourced by our prime contractors from a range of UK and international suppliers and that remains the case. This Government is committed to creating the right conditions in the UK for a competitive and sustainable steel industry. It publishes its future pipeline for steel requirements, together with data on how Departments are complying with steel procurement guidance at the following link:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/steel-public-procurement

This enables UK steel manufacturers to better plan and bid for Government contracts.

It is too early to comment on the sourcing of steel for the Fleet Solid Support ships.

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