Supplementary memorandum submitted by
the Scotland Office (SHP 9A)
In the course of the evidence session on 19
June 2002 John Robertson asked about contacts between BAE Systems
and the Scotland Office in relation to export prospects. I am
writing to clarify the position since there may have been some
misunderstanding on this point.
I can confirm that there have been recent contacts
between BAE SYSTEMS and the Scotland Office in relation to export
prospects. These have included briefing provided by BAE SYSTEMS
at a meeting with the then Minister of State, George Foulkes and
Scotland Office officials in September last. There have also been
contacts between my officials and Ian Murray of BAE SYSTEMS Export
Shipbuilding at Scotstoun to discuss export opportunities being
investigated by BAE. As a result of those contacts the Secretary
of State agreed to launch the KDB Jerambak on 22 June in order
to assist in promoting the export capabilities of the Clyde yards.
As I told the Committee we also work closely
with the Defence Exports Sales Organisation (DESO) to identify
opportunities for promoting export opportunities.
Anne McGuire MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
20 June 2002