asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement concerning progress with privatisation of the royal ordnance factories.
It remains the Government's policy to achieve privatisation of Royal Ordnance plc as soon as commercially practicable. However, no decision has yet
|Numbers and values of headquarters contracts and amendments|
|Type of contract/amendment||1981–82||1982–83||1983–84|
|Number||Value £ million||Number||Value £ million||Number||Value £ million|
|1. Contracts priced by Competition||9,059||1,065||9,402||1,439||9,504||1,890|
|2. Contracts priced otherwise by reference to market forces (See note below)||36,462||639||55,326||1,065||53,051||1,403|
|3. Contracts priced on estimates at outset or as soon as possible thereafter||11,382||1,839||11,409||3,049||10,239||3,145|
|4. Contracts priced on actual costs with incentives to minimise costs||504||76||695||145||746||859|
|5. Contracts priced on actual costs plus a percentage fee||8,770||987||8,884||1,132||8,554||1,283|
|6. Total contracts and amendments placed||66,177||4,606||85,716||6,830||82,094||8,580|
Note: Line 2 includes some contracts placed using informal competitive tendering procedures.