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I have welcomed apprentices from Flintshire in the House of Commons this week to celebrate the 12,000 apprenticeships provided by the UK’s Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries.

There were 100 apprentices from some of Britain’s leading aerospace, defence, security and space companies who attended the ADS Parliamentary Reception.

Organised by the trade organisation ADS, and sponsored by Collins Aerospace, the event recognised the valuable contribution apprentices make to our important, high-skill manufacturing industries, and highlighted the world-leading technologies that many of the apprentices are working to develop.

I was delighted to welcome apprentices from Delyn to the House of Commons. The reception was an excellent opportunity to meet young people working towards highly-skilled and rewarding careers and to celebrate the huge talent working in these world-leading sectors. These apprentices are great ambassadors for our local area and the UK’s advanced manufacturing industries.

ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt said:
“The UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries contribute £30 billion in value added to our economy and apprentices play a key role in businesses, large and small. Today’s Parliamentary reception is a great opportunity to celebrate their contribution and allow MPs to hear directly about the exciting career opportunities that exist across our industries. A modern apprenticeship is the route to a high value and long-term career.”

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The Prime Minister lost another Minister this week when she sacked the Defence Secretary following an inquiry into a leak from the National Security Council.

This is the first time that a leak has ever happened from the National Security Council and is deeply worrying. This is a committee that shares evidence under the Official Secrets Act and deal with matters of national security. The leak, whoever committed it, undermines our national security and our standing in the eyes of our allies.

Now, we are not privy to the information that allowed the Prime Minister come to the conclusion that the Defence Secretary should be sacked. He himself has stated it wasn’t him and would welcome a police investigation.

I wanted the Deputy Prime Minister to tell us if at any point the level of evidence has been reached that means the police should be involved. He wanted to stress that the sections of the Official Secrets Act are quiet clear and the civil servant undertaking the investigation did not reach that conclusion.

However, this goes beyond the Official Secrets Act as there are also laws about misconduct in public office. This is far from over.