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Royal Ordnance Factories

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Royal Ordnance factories closed in each year since 1997; (204570)

(2) how many Royal Ordnance factories there were in each year since 1997.

In 1987 Royal Ordnance plc was sold to British Aerospace (now BAE Systems plc), with the exception of Royal Ordnance Factory Leeds which had been acquired by Vickers Defence systems in 1986.

Since 1987, MOD has had no responsibility for the former Royal Ordnance Factories and any decision by BAE Systems to rationalise its business by closure or sale of its ordnance factories has been a commercial one for the company.