MPs eye case for defence

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A COMMITTEE of MPs is set to investigate the costs of Scottish independence to defence jobs and contracts, as well as its impact on the make-up of the UK military forces.

The findings are certain to be used by politicians to make the case for or against Scotland staying within the Union.

The committee is Tory-led and has Scottish Labour members, but no SNP representation, although Scottish ministers are expected to be called to offer their views. UK ministers, former armed forces chiefs and experts from defence think-tanks will also play a part.