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Volume 79: debated on Thursday 16 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will name the three largest manufacturers in terms of equipment supplied to his Department in each of the last three years, and the total value of equipment so supplied in each of these three years.

In each of the three financial years up to and including 1983–84, the three largest suppliers of equipment to the MOD have been British Aerospace plc, Rolls-Royce Limited and the General Electric Company plc. The approximate total value of equipment supplied by these companies was £2,230 million in 1981–82, £2,220 million in 1982–83, and £2,490 million in 1983–84. These figures include all payments for equipment purchased on MOD HQ contracts, together with those payments which can be readily identified from the Tornado programme.