Carrier projects under threat

By staff

Contracts for two aircraft carriers worth around £1.25 billion may fall by the wayside if they are scrapped.

The contracts were revealed in a parliamentary answer to Labour MP Thomas Docherty, who seized on the granting of the contract as evidence the projects should not become a victim of the autumn spending review.

“These figures highlight that the carrier contracts don’t just affect thousands of jobs here in Rosyth and on the Clyde or indeed just across Scotland, but in fact across the whole of the United Kingdom,” the Dunfermline and West Fife MP said.

“To rip up these contracts worth millions at this stage would not only be financial madness, but political suicide and I hope the coalition government sees sense.”

The £5 billion projects to build HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales could be under threat.