DS is pleased to be able to post Sir John Parker’s summary letter to the Secretary of State for Defence and Chief Secretary to the Treasury covering his findings, conclusions and recommendations for a UK National Shipbuilding Strategy. On first reading, notwithstanding some reservations DS still holds over the terms of reference that confined Sir John, we congratulate him on producing a coherent and workable way ahead for MOD and UK industry that goes beyond just complex warships construction to include RFA vessels, employment and skill retention and operation and maintenance systems.
Read the Letter HERE
Read the full Report HERE
Read the Annex HERE
It now remains to be seen how MOD, or more importantly perhaps, HM Treasury, react and advise HM Government to proceed.