Neil Parish MP welcomes funding for Devonport Naval Base

Neil Parish MP welcomes funding for UK’s naval bases, which will sustain up to 4,000 jobs at HM Naval Base at Devonport, Plymouth.

 

Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton) (Con): What assessment he has made of the effect of the maritime support delivery framework on employment at UK naval bases. [905529]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Mr Philip Dunne): The maritime support delivery framework contracts are an excellent example of the contribution that the Ministry of Defence makes to sustaining the long-term economic health of the nation's three main naval bases. The contracts total £3.2 billion of spending by the Royal Navy over five years with BAE Systems and Babcock, and will sustain about 7,500 jobs, up to 4,000 of them at Devonport and more than 2,000 at Portsmouth, and about 1,500 at Clyde.

Neil Parish: Will the Minister join me in praising the work done by civilian contractors throughout the country, and, in particular, the work done by Babcock at Devonport naval base in helping to repair and manage the Royal Navy’s warships and submarines, which play a key part in protecting our vital national interests?

Mr Dunne: My hon. Friend is right to welcome the stability that these contracts provide for the communities that support the Royal Navy’s three main operating bases. That includes an investment of nearly £2 billion in support activity at the largest base—the one at Plymouth Devonport, to which he referred and which is near his constituency—until 2020.

 

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 20 October 2014, c659)