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Defence Equipment Sales

Volume 407: debated on Friday 20 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) requests have been received by DESO from UK companies for special commissions to be paid on sale of defence equipment since 1990 and (b) special commissions DESO has approved since 1990; and if he will list (i) the countries in which these special commissions were to be paid and (ii) the amount to be paid; [108991](2) how many

(a) requests have been received by DESO from UK companies for special commissions to be paid on sale of defence equipment since 1990 and (b)

Hansard reference

Project

Date contract let

Current forecast ISD

Current forecast cost (£ billion)

Estimated ISD at time contract let

Estimated cost at time contract let (£ billion)

112060LFATGWS200320060.34020060.340
112060MRA419962009

13.4

20032.9
112060A400M200320112.420112.4
112060Asraam199220020.860

21998

0.870
amended 19992001
110347Meteor Bvraam200220121.420121.4
110351Swiftsure and Trafalgar UpdateEight contracts noviated to one in 1997–9820040.73020020.620
110351Astute1997 (3 boats)20083.620052.7
110345Bowman32001,20042.020041.9
extended 20022004
2.1
110352Watchkeeper4Contract not yet let20060.860n/an/a
110346Typhoon51998200319.7200219.1

1 This cost is subject to contract negotiations which are scheduled to be completed in the summer.

2 The Asraam ISD was re-approved in 1999, to 2001.

3 The Bowman costs refer to the design and manufacture phase only.

4 Cost and ISD are indicative only at this pre Main Gate point.

5 'Date contract let' relates to award of the Overarching Production Investment and Production Contract and the order for Tranche 1 aircraft in 1998.

special commissions that DESO has approved since 1990; and if he will list (i) the countries in which these special commissions were to be paid and (ii) the amount to be paid; [108991]

(3) in what year the requirement was introduced for UK companies to seek permission from DESO in order to make special commissions on defence equipment sales. [108990]

I will write to the hon. Member and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.