SNP stand up for Scottish shipbuilding
The Scottish Affairs Committee has produced a report on ‘Employment and Skills for the Defence Industry in Scotland'. The report concluded that the delay in signing a contract for two new aircraft carriers could endanger jobs at Scottish shipyards. Commenting on this finding, SNP member of the select committee, Angus MacNeil MP, said:
"The UK Government must get its act together and get this contract signed without any further delay. That is what the Scottish yards need now – not baseless scaremongering from Labour MPs.
"Scotland has the best yards and best workforce in the world – and in all circumstances will secure orders on the basis of their formidable skills, and a record of delivery which is second to none.
"Right now, Scotland’s defence and shipbuilding sector is trailing that of comparable, independent countries.
"Indeed, if our shipbuilding industry had the same share of manufacturing turnover and employment as the average across Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, turnover would be £400 million higher than the current level and employment over 2,000 higher.
"Since Labour came to power in 1997 we have lost almost 5,000 defence jobs in Scotland. The least the UK government can do now is repay the commitment of the Scottish yards with this vital contract."