Jim McGovern presses Ministry of Defence over Remploy support

26 February 2013

Dundee West MP Jim McGovern today called on the Ministry of Defence, during that department’s question session in the House of Commons, to give first preference to Remploy when procuring military equipment.

This comes in the wake of a ministerial visit to the Dundee factory by Disability Minister Esther McVey and the announcement that a number of potential buyers had expressed interest in the factory.

Defence procurement Minister Philip Dunne told Mr McGovern that the department did not offer preference to any suppliers, but he would look into the matter if the MP wrote to him.

Jim McGovern raised the matter in the House of Commons on January 28th, to which Mr Dunne replied in a letter on January 30th, saying he would offer a fuller response if it was raised again in the chamber.

Mr McGovern said,

“I am disappointed by the answer given by the Minister, he had assured me last month that a fuller answer would be forthcoming if I bought the matter up again, which I have done at the next available opportunity.”

“Dundee Remploy’s high quality protective clothing has been highly sought by the Ministry of Defence in the past.

“It seems only sensible to me that the best way to give any potential buyer confidence in their investment would be to ensure a full order book.

“The MOD could do this easily and ensure a period of stability for the company.”

Mr McGovern concluded,

“I will continue to press this matter, and I will take the minister up on his offer.

“I will be writing to him to ask him to give Dundee’s Remploy factory a future by giving them first preference for any new contracts awarded by his department.”


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