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:
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.