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EDM (Early Day Motion) 1467: tabled on 28 June 2018

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 26 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House regrets the decision by the Government to tender the contract for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fleet Solid Support ships internationally; contends that these vessels should be treated as warships given the expectation that they will be armed with Phalanx close-range guns and other weaponry; recognises the practice of other European states such as France, Germany, Italy and Spain where similar auxiliary vessels have been procured internally and, in some cases, not competed internationally; notes that no other nation in the world competes vessels of this size or complexity internationally; welcomes the plethora of economic and social benefits that could be generated from building these ships in the UK, including significant job creation, retention of valuable skills, increased returns to the UK Treasury through tax and National Insurance contributions, potential support of other industries such as the UK steel industry, and much-needed continuation of work for UK shipyards such as Rosyth; acknowledges the evidence from other countries which indicates that for every £1 spent domestically on naval shipbuilding, £1.35 is generated in long-term benefits; and calls on the Government to consider restricting the Fleet Solid Support ships tender to domestic competition only.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.