Parliament: The House

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Defence jobs

THERE WILL be dire consequences for British and European defence industry jobs unless companies restructure to compete better with their giant United States rivals, the Defence Secretary George Robertson warned yesterday. "Either we rationalise or we won't have any jobs left in this very valuable and very important industry," he said.

Today's agenda

Commons: 2.30pm

Questions to Scottish ministers and Lord Chancellor's Department.

n Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill, second reading.

n Short debate on future development of Cornish language.

Lords: 2.30pm

n Debate on Lords reform, last day.