HC Deb 19 January 1989 vol 145 cc276-7W
Mr. Allen

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what impact he expects his announcement on the Challenger tank will have on jobs in the Nottingham travel-to-work area.

Mr. Sainsbury

Subject to Vickers Defence Systems winning the production contract for the Challenger 2 Mk II there will clearly be a beneficial effect on employment opportunities generally, especially when the downstream effects on subcontractors are taken into consideration. It is, of course, for the companies concerned to decide precisely where this work will be carried out. However, traditionally Royal Ordnance, Nottingham has been involved in the manufacture of tank main armament.

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