NICK Harvey, North Devon MP and Liberal Democrat Shadow Defence Secretary, went to Farnborough Air Show to meet representatives of the British Aerospace Industry and take a first hand look at the innovations being developed in the UK and around the worl

NICK Harvey, North Devon MP and Liberal Democrat Shadow Defence Secretary, went to Farnborough Air Show to meet representatives of the British Aerospace Industry and take a first hand look at the innovations being developed in the UK and around the world. He has raised concerns in the House of Commons over the spiralling cost of UK procurement projects such as the Typhoon II "Eurofighter" and the A400 M transport aircraft. During his visit, he met representatives of major UK and international defence contractors including BAE and Lockheed Martin, joint developers of the Joint Strike Aircraft which is to be used on the new aircraft carriers. Mr Harvey said: :"The UK defence industry is a large employer nationwide and it is highly impressive to see that the UK defence industry is still at the forefront of innovation worldwide and that it remains vibrant and competitive."Seeing first hand the technology being developed in Britain it is clear that the UK has a significant role to play in the international defence market for many years to come." However, whilst praising the technology being produced by domestic defence contractors Mr Harvey did express concern over the delivery of government procurement projects.: "There is no doubt that a vibrant UK defence industry is extremely valuable to the country," he said. "we must however, ensure that projects are delivered on time and on-budget. Defence autonomy must not come at disproportionate expense to the taxpayer. "Far too many MOD procurement projects are vastly over budget, months if not years behind schedule and not getting to those who need them most; the troops on the frontlines