David Cameron has offered a message of support to workers at AgustaWestland, after fears corruption allegations against the Somerset helicopter manufacturer’s parent company could put jobs at risk.
But the Prime Minister declined to comment on the specific allegations, which he said were a matter for the Indian and Italian authorities.
The allegations over Westland’s £480 million defence deal with the Indian government have cast a shadow over Mr Cameron’s three-day trip to India.
Giuseppe Orsi, the chairman and chief executive of AgustaWestland’s parent company Finmeccanica, was arrested last week, along with Bruno Spagnolini, the chief executive of AgustaWestland, on corruption and tax fraud charges.
Indian authorities have suspended payments to the company, which produces helicopters at its factory in Yeovil as it launches its own investigations.
Mr Cameron told reporters: “My message to workers in Yeovil is that they are highly skilled, highly respected, they do a fantastic job. I really value what they do.”