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Procurement Procedure

Volume 122: debated on Tuesday 10 November 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he has any plans to review regional variations in defence procurement expenditure; and if he will make a statement.

It is our policy to place equipment orders, wherever practicable, by competitive tendering. This policy has brought significant benefit to the defence budget and to the taxpayer and has promoted the health and efficiency of the defence industry. Where appropriate, however, we do take into account wider, relevant factors, including local employment levels.