The Chairman of the Scottish Affairs Committee, Pete Wishart SNP MP for Perth and North Perthshire, has cited ‘regular order’s for Royal Navy warships and ‘increased investment’ as being responsible for the ‘good shape’ of the shipbuilding industry in Scotland ahead of the publication of the findings of the inquiry into military shipbuilding in Scotland.
Pete Wishart MP, chair of the Scottish Affairs Committee, said during an evidence-gathering session today:
“What we have concluded is this, the whole defence sector in Scotland is in pretty good shape. There seems to be regular orders, there seems to be increased investment, it all seems to be good news.”
The Scottish Affairs Committee scrutinises the expenditure, administration and policies of the Scotland Office, and its associated bodies. The Committee also examines the wider UK Government, to assess policies and legislation that lead to direct impacts on Scotland.
The remarks were made ahead of the upcoming publication of the findings of the inquiry into military shipbuilding in Scotland. In its own words, the inquiry is looking at…
- What impacts are the Government’s Shipbuilding Strategy and National Shipbuilding Office having on the shipbuilding industry in Scotland?
- How many and what types of Royal Navy ships will likely be built in Scotland in the years ahead? Will the sector grow?
- How does the procurement approach for each class of Royal Navy ship being determined on a case-by-case basis (including whether or not there should be international competition) affect Scottish shipbuilding?
- To what extent does Scotland benefit from exporting military ships (or parts of them) and/or their design licences? How can these opportunities be maximised?
- What more could the UK Government do to maintain and foster military shipbuilding in Scotland?
I even submitted evidence to answer those questions, you can read my work here.
We’ll be covering the report in full!