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January 21, 2022

UK’s defence expenditure in Scotland totalled nearly £2bn in 2020/21

The expenditure is equivalent to £360 per person in Scotland.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that its expenditure with industry and commerce in Scotland was £1.99bn in 2020/21.

The figure represents a spending of £360 per person in Scotland.

UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart said: “These figures show that defence not only plays a crucial part in the security of the UK, but also contributes significantly to delivering high-skilled jobs and investment in Scotland, not least through shipbuilding.

“The prosperity generated by defence employment in Scotland and around the UK, alongside our plan for jobs, is helping us build back better from the pandemic.”

The MoD noted that the Scottish naval shipbuilding industry is expected to record full order books until the 2030s.

The industry has delivered six Type 45 destroyers, two aircraft carriers, and five offshore patrol vessels over the last 15 years. It is also set to build eight Type 26 frigates and five Type 31s.

In 2021, the Royal Navy had steel cutting ceremonies for two more ships.

The Army’s Scots estate will see a £335m investment related to the UK’s future soldier programme. This investment is expected to generate approximately £1bn in additional economic benefits.

The MoD directly employs an estimated 4,000 civilian staff in Scotland to support its operations.

In November last year, the UK Government announced that it will restructure the British Army to better prepare the forces to combat future threats.

The move will involve an investment of £8.6bn in equipment, as well as the creation of a new ranger regiment.

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