Scottish Affairs Committee Press Notice

Announcement 22 of Session 2007-08

12 May 2008

The Scottish Affairs Committee would like to announce its sixth oral evidence session on:

Employment and skills for the defence industry in Scotland

Wednesday 14 May 2008

Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

2.15 pm

Kevin Sweeney, Govan High School,

Marie Burns, Skills Development Scotland and

Hazel Mathieson, Skills Development Scotland

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. Scotland also has an active aerospace industry. This evidence session will examine the skills base in Scotland and the way that the defence industry can support skills development 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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