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What does the future of military shipbuilding look like for Scotland?

10 November 2022

The Scottish Affairs Committee will continue gathering evidence as part of its Defence in Scotland: Military shipbuilding inquiry, hearing from academics and the President of RAND Europe.

Purpose of session

From seeking views on the National Shipbuilding Strategy to discussing whether the pipeline of Scottish orders is sufficient, the Committee will be delving deeper into whether current policy is supporting the sector in Scotland to reach its full potential. Members are also likely to explore skills and labour, in addition to export opportunities and how the UK Government can involve Scottish small and medium enterprises (SMEs) more in shipbuilding supply chains.

In last year’s Defence and Security Industrial Strategy, the UK Government revised its shipbuilding strategy to allow the possibility of more open international competition, rather than all Royal Navy warships being designed and built solely in the UK.

The Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions and the Scottish Government have previously said that issues around skills and workforce represent significant challenges for the industry.


Monday 14 November, Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

From 3pm

  • Professor Keith Hartley, Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of York
  • Hans Pung, President, RAND Europe
  • Dhruva Kumar, Curriculum Head, Marine Engineering, Faculty of Nautical & STEM, City of Glasgow College

Further Information

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