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Defence awards

Defence awards: FOI release (reference 4887)

Date received

25 February 2021

Date responded

25 March 2021

Information requested

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-03736 on 31 October 2016, whether it will provide the information for 2020-21, also broken down by what information it has regarding which companies received funding; how much they received, and the purpose of their award.

In addition to the above, I would like to also request a copy of the most recent human rights compliance checks conducted for the companies included in the response.

For clarity, the previous question S5W-03736 referred to was: To ask the Scottish Government what public funds that it has responsibility for have supported development, manufacture, or marketing in the arms trade in each of the last 10 years.


As we have previously stated, Scottish Enterprise does not provide funding for the manufacture of munitions. The information requested for 2020/21 is provided in the table below:

Company Description Amount
Babcock Marine (Rosyth) Ltd Innovation project - support to employ an Open Innovation Manager to build a culture of technical innovation, collaboration and communication. £22,264.00
Chemring Energetics Ltd Innovation Project – support to develop and validate a wide range of commercial products using green, sustainable, leadfree
alternative materials.
James Fisher Defence Ltd Innovation - Global Engineering Process
Development: The purpose of this project is to conduct a comprehensive review of all
existing engineering processes.
Leonardo MW Ltd Large R&D International - support for diversification purposes including the development of products  for homeland security, blue light and civilian markets.
IF Organisational Development - management development programme for staff.
Thales UK Ltd Large R&D international -
project support to develop two
new and distinct
products with application and
interest to defence,
civilian surveillance and
security markets, allowing the
company to diversify its
commercial portfolio.

Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD)

Copies of HRDD checks for Babcock International, Marine and Technology Division, Chemring Energetics UK Limited, Leonardo MW Ltd and Thales UK Ltd were provided under a previous FOISA request, and are the most recent checks conducted. No HRDD check has been undertaken for James Fisher Defence Ltd.

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