Posted on Jul 25, 2018
Glasgow MP Paul Sweeney said he believed the competition process was “never going to work”. The MoD intends to re-run the bidding process. Officials have insisted that there will be no delay to the overall shipbuilding programme. When the work on the Type 31e was put out to competition, union officials on the Clyde said they were “not sure” they could trust UK government promises on future orders. Clyde shipyards had hoped to secure some of the work – which was open to yards around the UK. The Govan shipyard on the Clyde is building the next generation of anti-submarine warship, the Type 26 frigate. UK ministers have said that guarantees 20 years of work for thousands of people. The Labour MP for Glasgow North East, Paul Sweeney, told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme that the UK government’s policy on the frigate programme has been cast into doubt. He said: “Simply leaving it up to industry to come up with a price tag of £250m per ship was never going to work.