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23 Jun 08. Scotland: Defence Industry Report. The Scottish Affairs Committee published (23 Jun 08) a Report on Employment and Skills for the Defence Industry in Scotland. The Report is particularly concerned with the effect two significant Defence programmes may have on the Scottish economy: the Future Carrier programme (CVF) and the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) programme to replace the Royal Fleet Auxiliaries.
Comment: The MARS programme is discussed in considerable detail, including the implications of treating the vessels as commercial rather than naval. The Report is published as HC 305, for £17:50. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0826, 30 June 08)