§ 27. Mr. Stephen Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what contracts have been awarded in the past 12 months by his Department to Vosper Thornycroft; and what assurances he can give as to the future employment of this company on Royal Naval and ancillary work.
§ Mr. William Rodgers
In the last year Vosper Thornycroft has been awarded contracts for the construction of the first of the new mine counter measures vessels 223 and a Type 42 destroyer. It has also received contracts for civil engineering works associated with the MCMV programme. We expect the firm to continue to play a vital part in the Royal Navy's construction programme as one of the specialist warship-builders.
§ Mr. Rodgers
There is no intention of changing the Government's present policy on warship-building.