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MP's support for defence firms
7:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
THE MP for East Thurrock has praised the importance of local defence firms in light of new figures.
Stephen Metcalfe asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Dunne, what he is doing to increase defence exports, when welcoming £8.8billion of defence exports.
Mr Metcalfe said: “We have a fantastic heritage in this industry in South Basildon and Thurrock companies. I will do all I can to support further growth in defence exports in 2013.”
He stressed the importance of defence exports to the Basildon and Thurrock area, which has a number of defence and aerospace contractors.
The minister said the Government is working tirelessly to support economic growth to which responsible defence exports make an important contribution.
He highlighted the forthcoming defence and security exhibition at the ExCel Centre, which brings buyers from all over the world to see the best of British technology.
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