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Volume 124: debated on Monday 7 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 5 November about negotiations with Marconi Defence Systems over the Foxhunter radar programme, when the negotiations started; for what reasons they have lasted so long; and when he expects them to be concluded.

Negotiations began early this year. I have nothing to add to the reply I gave to the hon. Member on 12 November at column 303.