PHILIP Hammond hit back at critics claiming the government has failed to deliver benefits for Portsmouth shipyard.
Mr Hammond was in charge of defence when BAE Systems decided to move its shipbuilding division to Scotland, in October 2013. Mr Hammond said: ‘The decision around the dockyard was disappointing, but it was a commercial decision made by BAE Systems. What the government has done is pick up on high skills and found ways of getting employment into that base.
‘The world has to move on. Those (shipbuilding) jobs were not sustainable in the market BAE is now facing.’