Scottish Affairs Committee
The Referendum On Separation For Scotland: How Would Separation Affect Jobs In The Scottish Defence Industry?
HC 957, Eighth Report of Session 2012-13 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes
- House of Commons - Scottish Affairs Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'The Referendum On Separation For Scotland: How Would Separation Affect Jobs In The Scottish Defence Industry? (HC 957)' outlines the impact that Scottish separation would have on the Scottish defence industry, and economy as a whole.
The defence industry in Scotland provides more than 15,000 jobs and contributes between £1.8 billion and £2 billion annually to the Scottish economy. Those firms or subsidiaries that are dependent on British Army, RAF or Royal Navy orders under Article 346 of the European Union Treaties, which allow the UK to reserve certain orders to national suppliers, will lose such work as it becomes transferred to other parts of the UK. The market left for defence suppliers will be negligible in size compared to that of the United Kingdom as a whole and the joint projects in which it participates.
A separate Scotland, particularly one which has deported the Royal Navy's submarine force and potentially enforced unilateral nuclear disarmament upon the United Kingdom, will not necessarily be seen as a reliable ally. Similarly a future separate Scotland's access to secret technology owned elsewhere is unlikely to be automatic. There will not necessarily be the maximum security clearance necessary to allow export to, or collaboration with, US or other suppliers or purchasers.
A separate Scotland is unlikely to be able to fund the level of research and development necessary to maintain Scottish companies at the cutting edge of technology. The defence industry in Scotland is designed to meet the needs of its main customer, the Ministry of Defence. It is essential that the Scottish Government spells out, as quickly as possible, its intentions for procurement and research budgets, and foreign and defence policies.
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