Scottish Affairs Committee Press Notice

Announcement 14 of Session 2007-08

28 February 2008

The Scottish Affairs Committee will hold its second oral evidence session on:

Employment and skills for the defence industry in Scotland

Tuesday 4 March 2008

Committee Room 18, Palace of Westminster

11.15 am

Kenny Jordan, Unite the Union

Kevin Mcalonan and Satnam Ner, Prospect and

Harry Donaldson, GMB

In July 2007 a £7.7bn increase in the defence budget over three years was announced. £3.8bn will be spent on two 65,000 tonne Royal Navy aircraft carriers. A significant proportion of the construction will take place in Scotland. The Secretary of State was reported as saying that the contract would support or create 10,000 jobs, including those at shipyards across the UK. This evidence session will examine the impact of defence spending on skills and the workforce in Scotland.


1.   Committee Membership is as follows: Mr Mohammad Sarwar MP (Lab, Glasgow Central) (Chairman),  Alistair Carmichael MP (Lib Dem, Orkney and Shetland), Ms Katy Clark MP (Lab, North Ayrshire and Arran), Mr Ian Davidson MP (Lab/Co-operative, Glasgow South West), Mr Jim Devine MP (Lab, Livingston), Jim McGovern MP (Lab, Dundee West), Mr John MacDougall MP (Lab, Glenrothes), Mr Angus MacNeil MP (SNP, Na h-Eileanan An Iar), David Mundell MP (Con, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale), Mr Charles Walker MP (Con, Broxbourne) and  Mr Ben Wallace MP (Con, Lancaster and Wyre)

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