Select Committee on Defence Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witnesses (Question 59)



  Q59 Chairman: May I start again by welcoming you to the Committee and saying thank you very much indeed. We will try not to give you a particularly devastatingly hard time, but you are very welcome in front of the Committee. Would you like to, as before, introduce yourselves, say who you are, what you do and why you do it.

  Mr Oatley: My name is Joe Oatley. I am the Managing Director of Weir Strachan & Henshaw. We are a systems engineering business operating in both the defence and the civil nuclear sectors, based in Bristol, with about 500 employees, the majority of whom are engineers. About two thirds of our business is defence and the vast majority of that is submarines. Our role within the submarine world is to provide the weapons-handling and launch system for all the conventional weapons on a submarine. We have been doing that for the last 34 years within the UK. We provide design, manufacture and in-service support, so we cover the whole breadth of that. We also provide that system to the Australian submarines and most recently to the Spanish submarines also. We also have, I know you have not talked about it, but I guess it is relevant to any successor, a piece of work at AWE where we are supporting the refurbishment of those facilities.

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