Scotland wins aircraft deal

SCOTLAND has won the fight for the coveted contract to maintain Britain's two new aircraft carriers, it was reported today.

There had been concerns that the 50-year contract for the huge vessels would go to France as part of a deal on greater military co-operation.

But military sources are said to have indicated that Scotland is in line to land the contract, with former prime minister Gordon Brown adding his voice to calls for Rosyth to be where the work is carried out. Such a move could help ensure the future of hundreds of Scottish shipbuilding jobs.