Marshalled List of Amendments

16 May 2024

Item 5: Order Paper 32/22-27 – Monday 20 May 2024

Motion: Strengthening Northern Ireland’s Defence Industries


That this Assembly is committed to realising the untapped potential of the aerospace, defence, security, and space sectors in Northern Ireland; notes that these growing industries employed 9,000 people across Northern Ireland in 2022 and provided over 500 apprenticeships; further notes that technology produced in Northern Ireland has been a significant pillar of the UK’s support for the defence of Ukraine; regrets the current low levels of Ministry of Defence spending in Northern Ireland, including in respect of small and medium sized enterprises; believes a concerted effort to incorporate Northern Ireland into the UK defence network will generate significant and lasting economic opportunities, as well as promote Northern Ireland as a global leader in innovative aerospace and security technology; welcomes commitments to strengthening Northern Ireland’s defence industries in the UK Government’s Safeguarding the Union Command Paper; calls on the Minister for the Economy to develop an ambitious programme to showcase opportunities for investment in local defence industries and shipbuilding; and further calls on the Minister to work with industry, the Ministry of Defence and Executive colleagues to ensure our workforce has the skills required to scale up the defence and security industries in Northern Ireland.

Mr Phillip Brett

Mr Gary Middleton

Mr Jonathan Buckley


Amendment 1

Leave out from ‘welcomes’ to ‘Paper’ and insert:

‘promotes defence and security levelling up in line with the UK Government’s announcement of an extra £75 billion increase in defence spending over five years with the aim of increasing Northern Ireland’s economic input from defence rising from £1 billion to £3 billion per year;’

[Mr Doug Beattie]

[Mr John Stewart]

[Mr Robbie Butler]

[Mr Tom Elliott]

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