Steel In Type 26 Frigates

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I tabled questions to the Ministry of Defence on the steel that they are using to build the Type-26 frigates and below is the response that I received:

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the Type 26 frigates announced on 2 July 2017 will be constructed with British steel.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with UK industry on the capability of British suppliers and producers to meet procurement needs for Type 26 frigates.

Ministry of Defence: Responsibility for sourcing steel for the Type 26 Frigates rests with BAE Systems as the contractor. In accordance with Government guidelines on the procurement of steel, the company has run a competition to select a supplier of steel for the programme, and an announcement is expected shortly.

UK steel suppliers have been strongly encouraged to bid in line with the Government's Procurement Policy Notice concerning the procurement of steel for major Government projects. This pipeline is published on GOV.UK. The MOD will continue to carry out early market engagement and forecast our steel requirements for shipbuilding through the UK Government Steel Pipeline.

We expect that around 35 per cent of the steel required to build each Type 26 Frigate will be sourced from UK suppliers in Scotland and Scunthorpe; approximately 1,400 tonnes per ship. For some grades of plate steel needed for the Type 26 Frigates the combination of thickness, size and flatness specifications means that the steel cannot be sourced in its entirety in the UK.