Trident Submarines: Iron and Steel

Alan Brown Scottish National Party, Kilmarnock and Loudoun

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with BAE Systems on its decision to use French steel in the construction of the Successor submarines.

Harriett Baldwin The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence engaged with BAE Systems throughout the procurement process for the specialised steel, including being notified of their decision to award the contract.

Other stages of construction will include grades of steel manufactured by British suppliers and we encourage them to take the opportunity to bid.

85% of BAE Systems supply chain for the new submarines is based in the UK.