Peter D Cheyne (Letters, 25 April) talks about people having short memories. He appears to be suffering short-sightedness when talking about the demise of shipbuilding skills on the Clyde. Perhaps he needs to take a wee wander from the Ferguson Yard and head over to Govan and Scotstoun to the BAE Systems Marine ship-building yards which are not having the problems that Fergusons are with their project. Both on the Clyde, but 25 minutes and less than 20 miles can make a whole lot of difference. BAE are building Type 26 frigates and looking to employ an additional 400 skilled tradespeople this year, having secured more than 3,400 jobs in Scotland. The nationalised shipbuilder employs just 400 people yet has cost the tax-payer millions, with the price of the two ferries rising from £97 million to about £240m, but the sky is the limit It could cost us even more. The difference between the two organisations is not in the ability to build ships but in the process of design, placing contracts — not risking millions of taxpayers’ funds and having a commercial mindset. These BAE contracts bring not only jobs to those working there but to their suppliers and many support businesses too, enhancing many local skills. Jane Lax, Aberlour.