Mark hosts Aerospace Industry talks in Commons(March 14, 2014)
Mark brought together industry representatives with parliamentarians to discuss the future of the aerospace industry in the House of Commons on Tuesday 4th March 2014.
The event which was jointly hosted with BAE Systems - a major private sector employer in Central Lancashire, attendees came from across Parliament and the aerospace industry. Guest speakers included Vernon Coaker, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence and James Arbuthnot, Chairman of the Defence Select Committee. They spoke about the issues currently facing this sector and answered questions from the audience.
The event was the second in a series of events that Mr Hendrick has organised to highlight the importance of the industry for jobs and training in the North West as well as the rest of the country. Attendees discussed a number of themes including the impact of recent events on the UK’s defence capability, the importance of greater investment in infrastructure for suppliers, the link between civil and military aerospace and the wider concern about future jobs in the industry.
Mark said: ‘The event was very successful and we discussed the development of new aircraft at BAE such as the F35 Joint Strike Fighter and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or ‘drones’. Obviously we want customers from aboard like the current orders from several Middle Eastern countries but the Government is a very important customer. My aim was to bring all parties together to get a consensus across parliament and a commitment to these long term projects.’
Mark plans to compile the key points discussed at this event into a discussion document that he will pass onto Philip Dunne MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology.