Bombardier

Joseph Johnson Excerpts
Tuesday 7th May 2019

(1 year, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber
Read Full debate Read Hansard Text
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Andrew Stephenson Portrait Andrew Stephenson - Parliament Live - Hansard
7 May 2019, 2:30 p.m.

I thank the hon. Gentleman for his point. He is a huge champion for his constituents and all the workers at the site. My constituency of Pendle is dominated by the aerospace sector and is home to a large Rolls-Royce fan blade factory, so I know the importance of these highly-skilled and well-paid aerospace jobs. I will do everything I can, working with the hon. Gentleman and his hon. Friends, to ensure that we secure all the jobs at the Bombardier Belfast site.

Joseph Johnson (Orpington) (Con) Parliament Live - Hansard
7 May 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Will my hon. Friend join me in welcoming the substantial investment that Bombardier has recently made in Biggin Hill, where its new business aircraft service centre is creating many opportunities for young people in the London Borough of Bromley?

Andrew Stephenson Portrait Andrew Stephenson - Parliament Live - Hansard
7 May 2019, 2:30 p.m.

My hon. Friend is correct to point out that Bombardier is a growing company that is investing in different sectors; it is just strategically realigning itself. I look forward to visiting a different Bombardier site on Thursday—not the one my hon. Friend mentioned—to talk about other investments within the UK. The decision to sell its operations in Northern Ireland is regrettable, but we will work with the company to ensure that the right buyer is found.