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Volume 128: debated on Wednesday 2 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will outline the concept situation relative to negotiations with Marconi Defence Systems with respect to the Foxhunter radar system.

We have now finalised our negotiations with Marconi Defence Systems on a programme of work to bring the radar up to the required standard. We have negotiated taut technical criteria, linked these to strict arrangements for relating payment to achievement, and agreed a firm price to cover the work. Formal contract signature will now proceed.