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Fleet Solid Support Ships: Procurement

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 41710, tabled on 3 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how his Department defines UK-content in relation to the Fleet Solid Support Ship contract.

Answered on

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.