10 January 2022
Bridgen welcomes MOD £460 million logistics contract as good for jobs in the East Midlands

Andrew Bridgen welcomes the new MOD £460 million logistics contract and asks the Secretary of State for Defence what the new logistics information system contract will mean for jobs in the east midlands.

UK Defence Jobs

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

13. What steps his Department is taking to support defence jobs throughout the UK. (904832)

The Secretary of State for Defence (Mr Ben Wallace)

May I pay tribute on behalf of the Cabinet and the Government to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Erdington (Jack Dromey)? We are sorry for his loss and our condolences are with his family. I shall remember Jack with his trademark mac that he often wore—he never changed it—and for his well-crafted arguments often against the Government, but nevertheless making strong and powerful points.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics recorded Ministry of Defence support to over 200,000 jobs in UK industry. Further economic growth and prosperity, including jobs, across the Union will be underpinned by £188 billion of investment in defence over four years and this Government’s commitment to a deeper and more strategic relationship with industry, as part of the defence and security industrial strategy.

Andrew Bridgen 

I was pleased to read last week of a new five-year, £460 million logistics contract that has been issued which should deliver the MOD £54 million of efficiency savings a year. Will the Secretary of State outline what the new logistics information system will mean for jobs in the UK, and specifically, jobs in the east midlands?

Mr Wallace 

My hon. Friend highlights an important part of the capability in which we need to invest. Our logistics information system contract will support vital services for another five years and ensure that the UK can rapidly deploy military personnel and equipment globally. He will be pleased to hear that the contract will sustain 675 jobs across the UK supply chain and benefit the whole country, including through jobs at companies with a presence in the east midlands, such as IBM in Nottingham.