The Welsh Affairs Committee hears from major players in the Wales defence sector on the MoD’s expenditure on military equipment as part of its inquiry into Wales and the armed forces.
Purpose of the session
The evidence session will focus on the UK Government’s revised Defence Industrial Strategy and its impact on the stability of the defence industry in Wales, and procurement processes in the armed forces. The witnesses include representatives from Qioptiq and Raytheon – two major suppliers to the armed forces with operations in Wales – and the Aerospace Wales Forum, the trade association for companies operating in the Aerospace and Defence sector in Wales.
As part of its inquiry into Wales and the armed forces, the Committee is examining the overall Ministry of Defence spend in Wales and its distribution. The defence sector supports thousands of jobs in Wales, and according to the Government MoD spending per person is higher in Wales than in some other parts of the UK. The Committee will consider to what extent this expenditure supports the Welsh economy. The Committee will also ask the panel about procurement processes and the demand for work in the Welsh defence sector.
Tuesday 11 June 2019, Committee Room 11
- Peter White, Managing Director & Vice President, Land Equipment, Qioptiq Ltd
- John Whalley, Chief Executive, Aerospace Wales
- Roland Howell, Managing Director of Airborne ISR, Raytheon UK
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