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Defence Export Contracts

Volume 447: debated on Monday 19 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance his Department is giving to British defence companies in helping them to secure export contracts; and if he will make a statement. (76954)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what practical assistance the Government are offering to BAE Systems to help secure export contracts. (77536)

The Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO) co-ordinates Government support for the export of the products and services of the UK defence industry. DESO brings overseas customers and UK suppliers together and provides an integrated approach to markets. In addition DESO provides professional military support, including demonstrations of equipment being considered by customers and organises visits to the UK by senior government and military personnel from overseas.