AUKUS: Vacancies

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 22 November 2023.

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Photo of Damien Moore Damien Moore Conservative, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of potential changes in the level of job vacancies in the defence sector as a direct result of the AUKUS partnership.

Photo of Damien Moore Damien Moore Conservative, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential contribution of the AUKUS defence partnership to R&D in the defence technology industry; and what steps he is taking to support innovation by UK companies.

Photo of Damien Moore Damien Moore Conservative, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of the AUKUS defence agreement on other sectors of the economy.

Photo of Damien Moore Damien Moore Conservative, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to help support the defence industry to participate in trade arising from the AUKUS agreement.

Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

In the two years following the AUKUS announcement, the UK continues to make good progress in working collaboratively with our UK defence industry to facilitate future opportunities attached to the AUKUS partnership including, but not exclusive, to: trade, R&D, and defence innovation.

Innovation continues to be a priority across Defence, with a well-established innovation system - supported through the Defence Innovation Fund - spanning various areas of the Department. Through AUKUS, the UK is also seeking to ensure that defence and technology trade and exports are as frictionless as possible between AUKUS partner nations. Export control reform is key to removing the layers of red tape impeding collaboration between our defence industry and governments.

Progress continues to be made to ensure that businesses can participate in investment opportunities attached to AUKUS. UK businesses are behind the design and manufacture of the world's most advanced submarines. As a decades-long programme, AUKUS will create thousands of jobs and wider opportunities across different sectors of the economy. In the short-term, this endeavour will almost double the size of the UK's (Raynesway) site, creating 1,170 high-skilled jobs in Derby, alongside thousands of job vacancies across the UK in the defence sector and the wider economy, supporting the Prime Minister's commitment to levelling up.

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