A row over shipbuilding in Scotland has erupted after the SNP accused the UK Government of “betraying” the business regardless of Clyde yards at present working at capability.
The Nationalists referred to as on Westminster to make sure future naval orders would nonetheless be positioned north of the Border following the publication of the Integrated Review, a 100-page doc which examines the UK’s future defence and overseas insurance policies.
SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes referred to as on the UK Government to ” stop its obsession with nuclear ” and as an alternative give attention to rebuilding the Royal Navy.
But the UK Government hit again by insisting the Ministry of Defence (MoD) had spent greater than £2 billion final yr with Scottish companies concerned within the defence provide community, supporting 12,400 jobs.
Since 2014 a complete of 20 naval ships have both been constructed at Scottish yards or are at present on order.
The BAE yards at Govan and Scotstoun are at present engaged on three of the brand new Type 26 frigates, which every value £1 billion to assemble and take round 5 years to complete.
Five extra Type 26 frigates are resulting from be constructed on the Clyde as soon as the primary batch is completed, guaranteeing work on the Clyde into the 2040s.
The UK Government has additionally signed a cope with Babcock to assemble 5 of the cheaper Type 31 frigate on the agency’s yard in Roysth by 2028.
The SNP mentioned Westminster was selecting to put money into extra nuclear warheads at a time the Royal Navy was dropping each ships and personnel.
Defence committee member Docherty-Hughes mentioned: “With the Royal Navy at a historic low, I’m urging the UK Government to cease its obsession with nuclear and use the Integrated Review as a chance to lastly reside as much as its primary obligations to North Atlantic safety – by constructing world-class frigates in Scotland and making certain Scotland’s shipbuilding business advantages from them.
“Both Tory and Labour UK governments have made promise after promise to Scotland and its shipbuilding business, however all of those now lie damaged or forgotten – together with the guarantees it made within the 2014 Independence Referendum on shipbuilding and constructing a frigate manufacturing unit on the Clyde.
“The UK authorities has repeatedly set out their commitments to standard forces, the Armed Forces Covenant, to European and North Atlantic safety, and to long-term nuclear proliferation – however its actions contradict all of them.
“Instead of losing cash on rising the stockpile of nuclear weapons the UK authorities should begin matching capabilities to threats and cease neglecting actual priorities.”
A UK Government spokeswoman mentioned: “The MOD spent over £2billion with Scottish companies final yr supporting 12,400 jobs.
“Scotland is dwelling to the complete Royal Navy submarine service and it’s merely not true to say the UK Government has reneged on its commitments to the Scottish shipbuilding business.
“Both of the brand new plane carriers had been assembled in Rosyth, on the Clyde the primary batch of eight anti-submarine warfare ships is sustaining 4,000 jobs into the 2030s and Babcock’s Rosyth yard is constructing 5 Type 31 Frigates in a £1.25 billion deal.”