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General Dynamics

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answers on 14 December, Official Report, columns 821–23, what future purchases from General Dynamics have been discussed with that company as part of the negotiated memorandum of understanding.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assurances have been given to General Dynamics relating to replacement battle tanks for the British Army;(2) what deadlines have been given to each company asked to submit proposals for replacement battle tanks for the British Army.

As I told the hon. Member in my answer of 14 December 1989 (Official Report, Vol. 163, col. 822), the details of the invitations to submit proposals are commercial in confidence. No assurances have been given to General Dynamics relating to replacement battle tanks for the British Army other than that its proposals will be considered. It remains our aim to make a decision by the end of 1990.