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International Defence Product Purchasing

Volume 14: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will seek to publish an annual statement in collaboration with the United States Department of Defence stating the amount of money spent in the previous year on the purchase of defence products by each nation from the other, with an estimate of the value of forward commitments by each nation included in the memorandum of undertaking.

I have asked my officials to discuss whether some form of report might be prepared when they meet their counterparts in the United States Department of Defence next spring to review progress under the two way street.Whilst such statistics provide a useful background to our defence trade with the United States, the recent selection by the United States Armed Forces of British designed equipment, purely on merit, suggests that this is the more positive method of ensuring success in the American market.