To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Department's Press Release entitled Fleet Solid Support ships competition launched, dated 21 May 2021, whether the UK's new Fleet Solid Support Ships contract will be UK-designed.
13 September 2021
As announced on 1 September 2021, four consortia were awarded Competitive Procurement Phase contracts. All four consortia have UK involvement.
Enabled by the Procurement Phase contracts, the final contract for the manufacture of the Fleet Solid Support ships will be awarded to a UK business, either solely or as part of a consortium. The Ministry of Defence has not placed any restrictions on the origins of tendered designs, but we have been clear that a significant proportion of the build work will be carried out in the UK, which would be defined as UK content. We recognise the social value contribution shipbuilding can make in the UK, and will be encouraging investment in domestic shipyards, whilst balancing the need to deliver value for money.