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Armed Forces: Aircraft

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 1 April 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held or plan to hold with the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) and other European nations about delays to the A400M programme. [HL2345]

We are in regular discussion with the other nations involved and with OCCAR, the appointed contracting body and management authority for the A400M, about a way forward.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the value to United Kingdom industry of the A400M programme at the current levels of commitment to purchase; and who are the principal actual and potential beneficiaries in the United Kingdom of work on design and construction of the aircraft. [HL2346]

Airbus Military, the A400M prime contractor, estimated in 2003 that the A400M programme would directly create up to 2,500 high quality jobs in the UK, notably in design and advanced manufacture. It also calculated that indirect employment could bring that figure to more than 8,000. The total investment in UK industry is reported by Airbus Military to be just over €2 billion.

The principal beneficiary of the development and production of the A400M is Airbus UK, with some 900 employees at Filton, Bristol, with a UK investment of around £750 million. Rolls-Royce is a key supplier of the TP400 engine programme, with more than 20 further companies across the UK that are directly involved in the A400M supply chain.