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Purchasing Policy

Volume 15: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence to what extent it is his policy to make the maximum possible effort to purchase British goods in preference to those from abroad.

It is our policy to procure defence equipment in this country whenever it is sensible and practicable to do so, paying due regard to our international obligations.In practice some 90 per cent. by value of our defence equipment contracts are placed with Britsh industry, and in the current financial year we are spending £5,000 million on well over 10,000 contracts.