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New Aircraft Carriers

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will visit the shipyards on the Clyde and at Rosyth to discuss the awarding of the contract for the two new aircraft carriers. [113335]

I was pleased to visit the Clyde and Rosyth shipyards earlier this year, and also to participate with my hon. Friend the Minister for the armed forces in announcing the selection of the Prime Contractor for the Future Aircraft Carrier programme. I fully recognise the benefits the carrier programme will bring to the Scottish shipbuilding industry. I expect to make further visits to keep in touch with progress and to consider other opportunities for the industry.