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Type 31 Frigates

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 118497, tabled on 20 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what meetings the Shipbuilding Tsar has held with potential buyers of the Type 31e Frigate.

Answered on

30 November 2020

Both my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence and I have regular conversations with international partners on a variety of naval export opportunities. UK industry, working in partnership with the UK Defence & Security Exports (UKDSE) and MOD are actively pursuing a number of naval campaigns, including for Type 31.

Exports is a key part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, and the Secretary of State for Defence, as the Shipbuilding Tsar, continues to lead this work across government. Export success will support jobs, skills and prosperity in UK shipyards, while providing industry with returns to invest in innovation and productivity improvements yielding better capability and value for money for HMG-funded programmes.