New Government plans could see Royal Navy support ships effectively built overseas and assembled in Britain – something which Luke Pollard MP has branded a ‘cop out.’
The Government announced on Friday a £1.6billion competition to deliver three fleet support ships, to carry munitions and provisions for the UK’s aircraft carriers. However, successful bidders for the contract will be allowed to work in partnership with international companies provided they ‘integrate’ the ships in UK shipyards.
Luke Pollard MP has criticised this announcement, as quoted in the Plymouth Herald:
“Defence equipment should be built in Britain by default.
“Since I was elected in 2017, I have been vocal that these new Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships should be built in Britain.
“The Tories’ latest plan allows the ship’s parts to be made abroad and only assembled in Britain. That’s a cop out.
“Build all of it in Britain and let’s support jobs in shipyards and the supply chain nationwide.
“It’s a no brainer – so why are Tory Ministers so keen to send large chunks of this contract abroad?”
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