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International Military Services Ltd

Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 6 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence (1) why he is proposing to transfer some defence sales work to International Military Services Ltd.; and if he will make a statement;(2) whether defence sales work transferred to International Military Services Ltd. will be subject to the scrutiny of the Comptroller and Auditor General.

An examination of alternative arrangements for the organisation of some defence sales work is in hand with a view to removing part of this activity from Defence Votes and of developing a more commercial approach. This has included consideration of the future role of International Military Services Ltd. but final decisions have yet to be made. International Military Services Ltd. is at present subject to the scrutiny of the Comptroller and Auditor General and this will continue under any new arrangements.