To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what work has been carried out for his Department by Jasmin plc of Bulwell, Nottingham, on whether the tests required by his Department on nerve detectors were necessary; over what period the work was carried out; what was its cost; and what plans he has to compensate the company for that work.
Over the last five years the Department has had many contracts with Jasmin, totalling over £10 million in value. The work has been primarily in the fields of chemical and vapour detection and fire control simulators. All tests required by the Department on nerve agent detectors have been necessary. As is our normal practice, payments will continue to be made for all work that has been properly completed in accordance with the terms and conditions of our contracts.