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Defence Equipment and Support: Cost Effectiveness

Volume 470: debated on Monday 7 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) in what ways Defence Equipment and Support encourages competition in the supply chain in order to ensure value for money; (174787)

(2) in what ways the Defence Suppliers Service encourages competition in the supply chain to ensure better value for money.

The Department seeks effective competition at the prime and sub-contract level, using the Defence Contracts Bulletin and, where appropriate, the Official Journal of the European Union to publicise future requirements including competitive sub-contract opportunities.

The Ministry of Defence is currently reviewing its policy in relation to supply networks. One of the aims of the policy is to address the issue of competition and value for money in the supply chain.